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
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
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