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Alert Police Blotter: Follow That Car!

Homeless Santa Monica Man Arrested After Leading CHP On A Stolen Car Chase

Posted Dec. 30, 2014, 8:56 am

Tim Broughton / Mirror Contributor

Bail was set at $100,000 for a 27-year-old homeless man on Friday, Dec. 20 after he stole a car from a Santa Monica CVS parking lot that ended with a chase involving the California Highway Patrol in the Santa Ana area.

Officers of the Santa Monica Police Department went to the 1400 block of Ninth Street at 7:45 pm on this day after they had received a report of a strong-arm robbery that had occurred.

Upon arrival the officers spoke with the victim, a woman who told them that she had been in the process of walking to her vehicle that was situated in the CVS parking lot when she became aware that a man was following her.

The woman continued to say that as she opened the door of her automobile the man suddenly grabbed the keys from her hand and pushed her out of the way.

The man then jumped into her car, started the engine and proceeded to reverse into another vehicle. The man then drove off.

The officers, after hearing this, immediately placed the vehicle onto the statewide computer database as a reported stolen vehicle, and a Los Angeles Sheriff Department Deputy who was responding to a report of a possible drunk driver on the Santa Ana area, spotted the vehicle and a chase ensued.

After the California Highway Patrol had joined in the chase a precision immobilization technique, or PIT maneuver, was initiated, bringing the vehicle to a standstill.

The man was arrested and later transported back to Santa Monica where he was charged with robbery (carjacking style robbery to be precise).

Editor’s Note: These reports are part of a regular police coverage series entitled “Alert Police Blotter” (APB), which injects some minor editorial into certain police activities in Santa Monica. Not all of The Mirror’s coverage of incidents involving police are portrayed in this manner. More serious crimes and police-related activities are regularly reported without editorial in the pages of the Santa Monica Mirror and its website,

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Dec. 30, 2014, 12:52:12 pm

HR said...

Homeless homeless homeless every crime committed in SM it's always the homeless. Then we turn around and coddle them with meals and little winter kits and count them like birdies. The homeless are addicts, criminals and the mentally ill. Sometimes all of the above. We need to stop putting band aids on problem and get a handle on the homeless in Santa Monica. YOU could be the next victim.

Dec. 30, 2014, 6:07:33 pm

P.B. said...

I completely agree. Our crime rate is high because we bring it on to ourselves. Why are we feeding and taking care of the homeless in Santa Monica? The majority of homeless here are hard core addicts, alcoholics, mentally deranged and criminals. Our alley's are full of sleeping 'bodies' and I personally am reluctant to drive in or out of my own garage. Santa Monica is liberal and loose. I get it.. but are we being stupid and inviting trouble and crime with our generosity and good will? The homeless that are of sound mind are receiving shelter, employment and a new start through services that Santa Monica provides. All 'our' other homeless that we feed twice a day are the ones that we fear.

Dec. 31, 2014, 8:21:42 am

Tammy said...

I'm an educated female living and working in Santa Monica. I used to love walking to the beach but I was recently followed by a homeless man for 4 blocks as he sang creepy songs at me. This is just the most recent of a series of bad encounters with homeless crazies in Santa Monica. My alley smells like urine all the time. This isn't what I expected moving to Montana Ave for 2K per month! I'm exactly the demographic that Santa Monica is trying to attract yet they don't care about my security. Something must be done or I'm going to move away from here. It's too expensive and congested for me to want to stay if I'm going to be accosted every day by homeless.

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