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.
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.
officer stopped and began a conversation with the man in order to ascertain
what was going on.
man told the officers that he (the suspect) was homeless and was searching for
a suitable pair of footwear inside the donation bin.
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.
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.
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).
man then began to approach the officer in a threatening manner whilst asking
the officer what “he was going to do about it.”
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).
a few short moments other officers arrived and the man complied with their
orders to sit on the curb.
homeless man was arrested and charged with resisting a police officer. Bail was
set at $10,000.
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
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