A 57-year-old homeless man was arrested on Thursday,
March 7 after following a McDonald’s customer out of the restaurant and into
parking lot, then pointing a replica gun at the person’s head for no apparent
At 10:10 pm officers of the Santa Monica Police Department were called
out to the parking lot of the McDonald’s at 2809 Lincoln Boulevard after they
had received a report of a man who was brandishing a gun.
The victim had also
informed the 911 operator that the suspect was at that time walking away from
where the incident in a southbound direction on Lincoln Boulevard.
officers arrived they spoke with the victim who directed them towards the
The officers took the suspect into custody without any resistance.
officers then interviewed the victim in greater detail and discovered that he
had been sitting inside the aforementioned fast food eatery dining alone when
the suspect entered the restaurant and sat at the victim’s table, uninvited.
The victim, somewhat taken aback by this intrusion, made the decision to
relocate himself to another table in order to avoid any problems, and there he
finished eating his meal.
The victim then arose from the table and walked
outside whereupon the suspect confronted him.
The suspect then challenged the
victim to a fight. The victim declined this combat offer and proceeded to enter
At that point the suspect pulled a handgun out of the shopping
cart that he possessed, and pointed the weapon directly at the victim’s head.
The victim ducked down and the suspect began to walk away.
The victim then
summoned the police via his cellular telephone.
The officers discovered the
suspect was indeed in possession of a replica .45-caliber handgun, and so they
confiscated it from him.
This homeless man was arrested and charged with
displaying a replica firearm, a violation of probation, and an outstanding
Bail was set at $15,571.
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, smmirror.com.
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