Bail was set at $100,000 for a 27-year-old homeless man on Friday,
Dec. 20 after he stole a car from a Santa Monica CVS parking lot that
ended with a chase involving the California Highway Patrol in the Santa
Officers of the Santa Monica Police Department went to the 1400 block
of Ninth Street at 7:45 pm on this day after they had received a report
of a strong-arm robbery that had occurred.
Upon arrival the officers spoke with the victim, a woman who told
them that she had been in the process of walking to her vehicle that was
situated in the CVS parking lot when she became aware that a man was
The woman continued to say that as she opened the door of her
automobile the man suddenly grabbed the keys from her hand and pushed
her out of the way.
The man then jumped into her car, started the engine and proceeded to reverse into another vehicle. The man then drove off.
The officers, after hearing this, immediately placed the vehicle onto
the statewide computer database as a reported stolen vehicle, and a Los
Angeles Sheriff Department Deputy who was responding to a report of a
possible drunk driver on the Santa Ana area, spotted the vehicle and a
After the California Highway Patrol had joined in the chase a
precision immobilization technique, or PIT maneuver, was initiated,
bringing the vehicle to a standstill.
The man was arrested and later transported back to Santa Monica where
he was charged with robbery (carjacking style robbery to be precise).
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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