Raymond H. Purnell. Courtesy photo

On March 28, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office filed one count of 459 PC – Burglary against Raymond Harry Purnell, a 36-year-old male experiencing homelessness.

On March 24, at about 6:20 p.m., Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) Officers responded to a Hot Prowl Burglary at a residence in the 1800 block of Warwick Ave. The resident told responding officers that she came home and confronted an unknown male standing in her living-room area, while holding a stick. She provided officers a detailed description of the suspect. Officers searched the residence with negative results. They discovered the house was ransacked and located the window the suspect used to enter the residence.

A neighbor witnessed a male matching the same description of the suspect, jump off the roof, and run away from the residence. When he observed uniformed SMPD officers, he directed them to the suspect’s last known direction of travel. Patrol officers detained a male matching the suspect’s description, around 34th St. and Exposition Blvd. The victim resident and witness both identified Raymond H. Purnell as the suspect found inside the residence then seen running away. Purnell was arrested and transported to the Santa Monica Police Jail. Officers located miscellaneous cards belonging to one of the residents, on Purnell’s person.

Anyone with any additional information pertaining to this incident is strongly encouraged to contact Detective Chabot at 310-458-2201 ext. 6679 or the Watch Commander (24 hours) at 310-458-8426.

Submitted by Lieutenant Rudy Flores