On July 3, 2021, at approximately 2:10 a.m., a Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) Officer was driving northbound in the 2800 block of Lincoln Boulevard when he observed multiple vehicles at the intersection of Lincoln Blvd and Hill Street slam on their brakes before coming to a complete stop in the middle of the intersection. The officer observed a male victim being chased by another subject across Lincoln Blvd, swerving in and out of the stopped vehicles. 

The male suspect was running with two large knives, one in each hand, still chasing the victim. The officer immediately intervened and ordered the suspect to drop the weapons. The suspect complied; however, the officer located a third knife in the suspect’s waistband when taking him into custody. 

The suspect, later identified as Robert Smith, a 43-year-old person experiencing homelessness, was transported to the Santa Monica Jail where he was booked for 245(a)(1) PC – Assault with a Deadly Weapon, 417(a)(1) – Brandishing, 21310 PC – Carrying a Concealed Dirk or Dagger, and 422 PC- Criminal Threats. The City Attorney filed all charges. 

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

Submitted by Sergeant Erika Aklufi