Homeless Man Points Replica Gun At Santa Monica McDonald's Customer's Head

Alert Police Blotter: Fast Food With Fast Gun.

Monday, 18 Mar 2013, 8:42:00 AM

Tim Broughton

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

reason.

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.

When the

officers arrived they spoke with the victim who directed them towards the

suspect.

The officers took the suspect into custody without any resistance.

The

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

his vehicle.

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

warrant.

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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