On July 18, 2021 at about 6:35 p.m., Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) Officers were dispatched to the 1800 block of the beach regarding a disturbance.

When officers arrived in the area, they met with a victim who told them, he was stabbed in the back with an unknown object. He provided the description of the suspect and his last known direction of travel. Officers were then flagged down by other witnesses who described that the suspect was waving a sharp object at people.

Officers located the suspect, later identified as Timothy James Smith, a 32-year old homeless male, a short distance away. Smith disobeyed the officer’s commands and fled from them. At one point, Smith collided into a male and made a slashing motion at him, while holding the object. An officer then deployed his Taser. The Taser made contact with Smith, immediately immobilizing him, allowing officers to quickly take him into custody. Officers recovered a metal hinged compass, which was the weapon used by Smith.

Smith was transported to a local hospital, for the injuries he sustained during his fall. The following charges will be presented to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office for filing consideration; 245(a) PC – Assault with a Deadly Weapon, and 148(a)(1) PC – Resist, Obstruct, Delay Arrest.

Anyone with additional information pertaining to this incident is strongly encouraged to contact Detective Murphy with the Criminal Investigations Division at 310-458-8941, by email at nicole.murphy@smgov.net or Santa Monica Police Department’s Watch Commander (24 hours) at 310-458-8427.

Submitted by SMPD