On July 2, 2021 at approximately 1:20 a.m., the Santa Monica Public  Safety Dispatch Center received calls regarding a traffic collision at the entrance to  the Santa Monica Pier. Officers were dispatched and upon arrival witnesses provided  information regarding the driver that had exited the vehicle and walked away on  Ocean Ave. Additional information was obtained that suggested that the same  vehicle was involved in a pedestrian hit and run near the 100 block of Colorado prior  to crashing into the barricade on the Pier. During the officers’ investigation, it was  determined that the vehicle had been carjacked near a downtown parking structure.  

The male and female victims were exiting Downtown Parking Structure #8 when  approached by Preston B. Rochon, a 30-year-old male originally from Texas. Rochon  attempted to grab and made reference to sexually assaulting the female causing  the male victim to intervene. During the physical altercation the victim’s vehicle was  taken. When the male victim chased after the vehicle, Rochon reversed and ran him  over before proceeding to crash into the barricade on the Pier.  

The male victim was transported to a local hospital with significant injuries, and at the  time of this release continues to be in stable condition. The female victim was later  treated at a local hospital for minor injuries.  

Rochon was located a short distance away by a SMPD officer and was taken into  custody without further incident. Rochon was subsequently booked for the following: 

• 664/187 (a) PC – Attempt Homicide 

• 245 (a)(1) PC – Assault with a Deadly Weapon 

• 215 (a) PC – Carjacking 

• 220 PC – Assault to Commit a Sexual Act

Anyone with additional information pertaining to this incident is strongly encouraged  to contact Detective Burciaga with the Criminal Investigations Division at 310-458- 8932 or the Santa Monica Department’s Watch Commander (24 hours) at 310-458- 8427.

Submitted by Lieutenant Rudy Flores