A security guard at a downtown grocery store stabbed a man this week after a fight inside the location.

According to the Santa Monica Police Department, the guard is cooperating with the investigation and the injuries to the customer are not life-threatening.

In a statement, SMPD said officers were called to the Vons Market on Lincoln and Broadway at about 10:35 p.m. on Nov. 8.

When officers arrived, they found a male customer in front of the market with multiple stab wounds. Officers provided first aid until paramedics arrived and transported him to the hospital.

The guard told officers the maskless customer entered the store and “started to cause a scene” that included assaulting a staff member

“The security guard intervened and attempted to escort the customer out of the location,” said the statement. “A struggle and then fight ensued between the two. At one point during the fight, the security officer pulled out a small pocket-knife and stabbed the customer multiple times. At the conclusion of the fight, the customer exited the main entrance where he was located by officers.”

SMPD said the customer is recovering at a local hospital and has been listed as stable. At the hospital, he refused to identify himself or provide any statements of the incidents. At this time, no arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with additional information can contact SMPD’s Criminal Investigations Division at 310-458-8451 or the Watch Commander (24 hours) at 310-458-8427.


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...