On September 10, at about 12:35 a.m., Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) Officers responded to an armed robbery at La Condessa Restaurant (1519 Wilshire). Information provided to the officers was that a victim was carjacked by two suspects and driven around the block. One of the suspects was armed with a handgun.
When officers arrived on scene, they spotted the suspects fleeing in another vehicle at a high rate of speed. The suspect vehicle subsequently crashed at the intersection of 26th Street / Wilshire Blvd., and both suspects fled on foot. SMPD Officers quickly established a perimeter. SMPD coordinated a search with the assistance of officers from the Beverley Hills and Santa Monica College Police Departments, along with SMPD K9s and the Drone Team (UAS).
SMPD Officers did locate one suspect, Steve Bryan Brown, a 21-year-old male from Anaheim, along with a Smith and Wesson loaded 9mm handgun. Brown was taken into custody without incident and subsequently booked for 211 PC – Robbery, 215(a) PC Carjacking, and 207(a) PC Kidnapping. The following suspect remains outstanding: Black Male approximately 25-30-years-old, 5’9”-6’0”, 150-185 lbs, dark clothing.
Anyone with additional information pertaining to this incident or the outstanding suspect 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, SMPD