Rashad Devon Harris, a 28-year-old black male from Los Angeles, has been found guilty on six counts in connection to a break in and assault that occurred in 2018. 

On February 23, 2018 at approximately 3:20 a.m., officers from the Santa Monica Police Department responded to the 1700 block of 5th Street in response to a “Check the Status” call pertaining to a resident on the first floor of the building. Neighbors reported hearing a female yelling for help. 

Officers arrived and located a female victim who was bleeding from lacerations on her hands, arms and forehead. The victim told officers she was alone in her apartment when an unknown person entered and demanded money. The suspect tried pushing the victim into another room when the victim began to fight with the suspect. The suspect armed himself with a knife and slashed at the victim several times, as she continued to fight him off and yell for help. The suspect eventually fled from the location and the victim was able to call 9-1-1. 

Detectives with the Criminal Investigations Division of the Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) were able to identify Harris as the suspect involved in the attack. 

On February 27, 2018, SMPD Detectives arrested Rashad Harris for the crime. The case was presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office on March 1, 2018 where Harris was charged with the following: 

  • • 220(b) PC, Assault with the Intent to Commit Rape 
  • • 459 PC, Burglary 
  • • 211 PC, Robbery 
  • • 245(a)(1) PC, Assault with a Deadly Weapon 
  • • 203 PC, Mayhem 
  • • 422(a) PC, Criminal Threats 

Harris was held at the Los Angeles County Jail without bail after charges were filed. 

On December 20, 2020, and after a lengthy court and trial process, Harris was convicted on all counts. Harris was sentenced to Life in State Prison on January 6, 2021. 

Submitted by Rudy Flores, Lieutenant