On Wednesday, March 29

Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) officers were dispatched to investigate an Assault and Battery involving an elderly male that occurred in 1100 block of Wilshire Blvd. SMPD Officers met with the victim, a 78-year-old male, who explained to them that he was walking down the street when a subject without any provocation or cause struck him in the face with a closed fist. The victim provided officers a detailed description of the suspect. Utilizing the information provided, officers searched the surrounding area for the suspect and located Paul Anthony Turner, a 28-year-old black male. Turner was identified by the victim and admitted to the assault before ultimately being placed under arrest. On March 31, 2021 the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office filed one count of 368(b)(1) PC – Elder Abuse and 245(A)(4) PC – Assault to produce Great Bodily Injury. Anyone with additional information pertaining to this incident is encouraged to contact Detective Holloway with the Criminal Investigations Division 310-458-8934 or Santa Monica Department’s Watch Commander (24 hours) at 310-458-8427.