On March 30, 2021 the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office filed the following charges against two felony assault suspects:

1. Lavonn Shawn Johnson, a 21-year-old white male from Wisconsin – One count of 245(A)(4) PC – Assault to Commit Great Bodily Injury, 136.1 PC – Preventing Someone from Reporting a Crime, and 25850(A) PC – Possession of a Loaded Firearm.

2. Treyton Thomas Halfman, a 21-year-old black male from Wisconsin – one count of 245(A)(4) PC – Assault to Commit Great Bodily Injury. 

On March 28, at about 10:53 p.m., Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) officers were dispatched to the area of the 1700 block of Ocean Ave to investigate a report of an Armed Robbery. Officers met with a couple who explained that they were riding scooters on Ocean Ave., when they were accosted by three males. During their encounter, one of the males lifted his shirt and displayed what appeared to be a handgun in his waistband. Two of the suspects began to physically assault the male victim and at one point one of the suspects snatched the cellphone from the female victim and threw it to the ground, preventing her from calling for help. Both suspects then fled the area. SMPD officers shortly after located Halfman and Johnson. They were both identified by the victims as the suspects who assaulted them. Officers recovered a handgun with a high capacity magazine (15 rounds) on suspect Johnson. Officers later discovered he had a no-bail warrant from Wisconsin. Both subjects were taken into custody without incident. Anyone with additional information pertaining to this incident is strongly encouraged to contact Detective Larios with the Criminal Investigations Division 310-458-8937 or Santa Monica Department’s Watch Commander (24 hours) at 310-458-8427.

 Submitted by Lieutenant Rudy Flores