Crime Watch is culled from reports provided by the Santa Monica Police Department. These are arrests only. All parties are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

On August 12, at 7:15 a.m.

Officers were dispatched to Main and Bay for a reported battery that had just occurred. Upon arrival, officers discovered a male victim with a laceration about his right eye receiving treatment from SMFD. According to the victim and witnesses, while walking on the sidewalk, the victim encountered 27 year old  Esa Fazal,  who punched him in the face, unprovoked. Officers searched the area for Fazal, located him near the 1900 block of 3rd Street and placed him under arrest. Fazal was positively identified by the witnesses. He was booked for battery at the Santa Monica Jail.