Shopper Becomes Violent After Santa Monica Ralph's Employee Asks Man For ID

Alert Police Blotter: Check This Out!

Monday, 18 Feb 2013, 8:40:00 AM

Tim Broughton

A 35-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday, Feb. 6 after

becoming violent after a Santa Monica Ralph’s checkout employee asked him for

ID when trying to buy beer.

At 3:28 pm officers of the Santa Monica Police

Department went to the Ralph’s parking lot at 1644 Cloverfield Boulevard after

they received a report of an assault that had just occurred.

When the officers

arrived they saw the described suspect at the corner of 19th Street and Olympic


This man was detained while other officers spoke with the victim, in

this instance an employee of the store.

The female victim told the officers

that she was a checkout person Ralph’s, and that the suspect had approached her

checkout station in order to purchase some beer.

The victim said that she had

asked for some identification, and the suspect responded to this reasonable

request in an entirely unreasonable manner, namely he became very angry.


suspect then hit his hand in the pack of beers and this caused the beers to

fall to the floor, striking the victim.

The checkout person, however,

generously told the officers that she did not desire that this man be charged

with a crime as a result of his behavior towards her.

The officers then turned

their attention towards the suspect, and noticed that he was rather intoxicated

and unable to care for himself as a result.

The officers began to take him into

custody, but this man pulled away, spun around, and attempted to kick the


The suspect continued in his efforts to kick the officers until he was

handcuffed and placed into the back of a police vehicle.

The suspect was then

taken to a local hospital to be treated for a facial injury that he had

sustained as a result of his behavior towards the police.

A physician cleared

him for booking shortly afterwards and this homeless man was arrested and

charged with resisting officers, and public intoxication. Bail was set at


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