Santa Monica Police Arrest Homeless Man, 49, For Trying To Stab Bike Store Employee

Alert Police Blotter: Spokes Man.

Wednesday, 14 Nov 2012, 1:38:00 AM

Tim Broughton

A 49-year-old homeless man was arrested on Friday, Nov. 2 after throwing his bicycle into the front doors of The Bike Center on Second Street and then trying to stab an employee with scissors.

At 2:35 p.m. officers of the Santa Monica Police Department went to the bike shop at 1555 Second Street after they had received a report of an assault that had just occurred.

When they arrived the officers spoke with the victim in order to get a handle on what had happened.

The victim told them he had been working inside The Bike Shop when a man entered and began to yell at another employee in the front of the store.

The victim said he recognized the man as someone who had attempted to assault both of them by the use of bodily fluids on a previous occasion.

At that time, he added that he had told the man to leave and that he was not welcome to return in any form, including that of a customer.

On this occasion the suspect had wheeled in his own bicycle and proceeded to repeat his cycle of assaultive behavior by throwing the bike against the outside of the front doors.

The victim told the officers he had then walked to the front doors to prevent this man from entering and the man responded by pulling out a large pair of scissors and attempting to stab the victim in the chest.

It was then the victim had performed a tactical retreat and called the police.

The officers found this man in the 100 block of Colorado Avenue, and after being identified by the victim and a witness, the officers recovered the offending pair of scissors from the man.

This homeless man was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon.

Bail was set at $30,000.

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