Homeless Man Arrested After Kicking Santa Monica Downtown Ambassador

Alert Police Blotter: Diplomacy Breaks Down.

Thursday, 18 Apr 2013, 8:07:00 AM

Tim Broughton

A 60-year-old homeless man was arrested on Tuesday, April 2 after kicking a Santa Monica Downtown Ambassador who told him to stop smoking in a food court area.

At 3:20 pm officers of the Santa Monica Police Department were called out to the food court in the Third Street Promenade in order to investigate an assault.

When they arrived, the officers spoke with the victim, who was one of the Santa Monica Downtown Ambassadors.

This Downtown Ambassador told the officers that he had seen the suspect standing in the 1300 block of Third Street Promenade, and that he had observed that this man had been in the act of smoking.

Smoking is banned in this area, so the Downtown Ambassador approached the man and informed him thus.

The suspect’s reaction upon receiving this news was to become enraged, so the Downtown Ambassador made the diplomatic decision to leave the scene.

As the Downtown Ambassador was walking away the suspect kicked him in the buttocks.

The officers found and arrested the suspect, aged 60 years, and homeless, and he was charged with assault, and battery.

Bail was set at $20,000.

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.

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