Santa Monica Police Arrest Homeless Man After Raiding Donation Bin

Thursday, 16 Jan 2014, 7:30:00 AM

Mirror Staff

A 33-year-old homeless man was arrested on Friday, Jan. 3 after being caught

raiding a donation bin then becoming aggressive toward a Santa Monica police officer

in the area.

A

lone officer of the Santa Monica Police Department who was on patrol in the

1300 block of Ocean Park Boulevard witnessed a man reaching inside a donation

bin and removing items from it at 3:20 pm on this day.

The

officer stopped and began a conversation with the man in order to ascertain

what was going on.

The

man told the officers that he (the suspect) was homeless and was searching for

a suitable pair of footwear inside the donation bin.

The

officers explained to the man why he had been stopped at which point the man

became agitated and shortly afterwards put his hands inside his pockets.

The

officer, fearing for his safety, and unsure as to why this man had inserted his

hands into his pockets, asked the man to remove his hands from his pockets.

The

man, however, instead of complying with the officer’s request became angrier,

began to hurl abuse at the officer, and then adopted a fighting stance

(presumably after removing hands from pockets).

The

man then began to approach the officer in a threatening manner whilst asking

the officer what “he was going to do about it.”

The

officer backed up and asked the man to cease his aggressive behavior but the

man continued his disobedient conduct so the officer spoke into his radio and

requested a “code-three” (officer needing help so please come with lights

flashing and sirens wailing).

Within

a few short moments other officers arrived and the man complied with their

orders to sit on the curb.

This

homeless man was arrested and charged with resisting a police officer. Bail was

set at $10,000.

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. 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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