Santa Monica Cops Arrest Man, 52, For Randomly Punching Commuter At Bus Stop

Alert Police Blotter: Unreasonable.

Wednesday, 13 Feb 2013, 8:59:00 AM

Tim Broughton

Santa Monica police arrested a 52-year-old man on

Saturday, Feb. 2 after he punched a person in the face while waiting for a bus. 

At 2:45pm officers of the Santa Monica Police Department responded to the area

of Pico Boulevard and 17th Street after they had received a report of an

assault. 

When the officers arrived they discovered several Santa Monica Fire

Department personnel treating the victim, who displayed signs of facial

injuries. 

The victim told the officers he knew the assailant as someone he had

seen on prior occasions in the general area. 

This suspect had approached the

victim as he waited at the bus stop and for no apparent reason had punched the

victim in the face, causing the injuries. The assailant had then walked off. 

The officers went in search of the suspect and soon discovered him at 20th

Street and Pico Boulevard. 

The victim identified the suspect as the man who had

punched him, and this man was arrested and charged with battery upon a person. 

Bail was set at $20,000.

 

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