On May 26, 2021 Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) officers observed a vehicle with its hazard lights flashing and playing loud music blocking a traffic lane near the 100 block of Olympic Drive, thus creating a hazard for eastbound traffic. Upon further inspection, officers discovered the vehicle had its windows rolled down and was unoccupied. In plain view was an alcoholic beverage and a 9mm Beretta 92FS firearm. 

Shortly after their initial observation, a male subject quickly approached the officers and explain he was in the Starbucks at Main and Olympic and only briefly left the vehicle unattended. The subject proceeded to state he did not have proper identification and subsequently provided officers with a false name. 

The subject was later identified as Robert Ambriz-Garcia, a 22-year-old male from Los Angeles. He was arrested and booked for providing false identification, leaving a handgun unsecured in an unattended vehicle and transporting an unsecured firearm in a vehicle. 

Anyone with additional information pertaining to this incident or individual is strongly encouraged to contact the Criminal Investigations Division 310-458-451 or Santa Monica Department’s Watch Commander (24 hours) at 310-458-8427. 

Submitted by Lieutenant Rudy Flores

Matthew Hall

Matthew Hall has a Masters Degree in International Journalism from City University in London and has been Editor-in-Chief of SMDP since 2014. Prior to working at SMDP he managed a chain of weekly papers...