On May 4, 2021 at approximately 11:45 am, Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) Officers accompanied by a Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health Clinician responded to the 1400 block of 16th Street for a call of an individual trespassing in the carport. The reporting party requested that officers assist with removing an individual not permitted to be on the property. 

Upon arrival, officers contacted the subject, later identified as Javier Alvarez, a 38-year-old male from East Los Angeles. During a search of Mr. Alvarez’s belongings, officers located an unregistered and unmarked loaded handgun along with approximately 97 grams methamphetamine. 

Mr. Alvarez was booked into the Santa Monica Jail for 25400(c)(6) PC – Concealed Firearm on a Person Unregistered, 25850(c)(6) PC – Carrying a Loaded Firearm Unregistered, 11377(a) H&S – Possession of Methamphetamine. Mr. Alvarez is scheduled to appear in court on May 5, 2021. 

Anyone with additional information pertaining to this incident is strongly encouraged to contact the Criminal Investigations Division at 310-458-8451 or the Santa Monica Department’s Watch Commander (24 hours) at 310-458-8427. 

Submitted by Lieutenant Rudy Flores