On October 30th, 2023 at approximately 7:49 pm, officers from the Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) observed 57-year-old Richard Garcia violating an active stay-away order at the 600 block of Wilshire Boulevard. While handcuffing Garcia, officers recognized 40-year-old Carlos Herrera also in violation of an active stay-away order.

Herrera ignored officer commands and continued walking southbound of alley 6. Officers later located Herrera hiding in an alcove on the 600 block of Arizona Avenue. Both Garcia and Herrera were arrested and transported to the Santa Monica Jail. Both Garcia and Herrera were released on October 31st, 2023.

They await their court appearances scheduled for December 14th, 2023.


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...