On May 2, 2021 at about 1:13 a.m., Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) Officers were dispatched to the 200 block of Bay Street regarding an assault with a deadly weapon call involving a firearm. 

When officers arrived on scene, they met with the victims who were standing outside of a liquor store. Officers were informed that an individual, who was accompanied by four other males, approached and attempted to engage them about their vehicle. The victims refused the subject’s advance and asked to be left alone. After a short argument, the male subject went to a black BMW with Texas plates parked nearby and retrieved a handgun. He returned to the victims and pointed the handgun directly at them. The suspect then joined up with his friends and fled in a separate vehicle. 

Officers located the vehicle a short distance away. The subjects in the vehicle were detained and the victims identified Blake Josephs Sheets, a 21-year-old male white, as the person who pointed the gun at them. Officers then located a loaded firearm in the black BMW that was parked where the incident occurred. Blake was arrested and booked for 245(a)(2) PC – Assault with a Deadly Weapon – Firearm. The four other individuals were interviewed and released. 

Anyone with additional information pertaining to this incident is strongly encouraged to contact Detective Jacob Holloway with the Criminal Investigations Division 310-458-8934 or Santa Monica Department’s Watch Commander (24 hours) at 310-458-8427. 

Submitted by Lieutenant Rudy Flores