$20K Bail Set For Homeless Man Who Damaged Vehicle For No Reason

Thursday, 12 Sep 2013, 7:59:00 AM

Tim Broughton

Bail was set at $20,000 for a homeless man who caused between $1000 and $1500 damage to a dog walker’s vehicle on Wednesday, Aug. 28.

At 1:20 pm a woman who works as a dog walker parked her vehicle in the 2300 block of Fourth Street against the west side of the median.

As she began to step out of her car she saw a person walking down the center of the median.

This person was “glaring” at the dog walker with a “mean” expression.

Due to this perceived threat the dog walker hastily re-entered her vehicle for safety.

At that point the suspect positioned himself at the front of the dog walker’s vehicle and punched the vehicle above the wheel well causing a dent.

The dog walker then jumped out of her car and began to run and yell for help.

A Santa Monica City employee who was performing his duties in a nearby park called 911.

When the suspect saw that he was doing this he charged at the city employee with clenched fists.

The police arrived shortly afterwards and found this man a short distance away.

They arrested this 53-year-old homeless man and he was charged with vandalism.

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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