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Upsurge In Crime In 2023 For Santa Monica

February 16, 2024 ·

SANTA MONICA—On February 14, the Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) released their annual crime report for 2023, with theft being the most prevalent of all the crimes committed. According to the SMPD webpage, if the criminal activity continues as it is now in the remainder of 2024, crime rates could easily surpass last year’s statistics.

On Tuesday, February 13, the Santa Monica City Council heard the updated crime statistics report from SMPD Chief Ramon Batista.

“One of the things we tried to do this year in addressing some of the concerns we had the three major parks was to make sure we had an increased presence in our public service officers and our downtown service officers,” Batista stated.

The takeaway from the report posted on X showed that SMPD received a total of 103,462, calls for service, with a 10 percent increase in police actions, and of those 18 percent of the calls, 18,939 were related to homelessness.

SMPD reported one murder in Santa Monica last year. SMPD Lieutenant, Erika Aklufi, reported the following homicide for 2024.

“On January 25 at approximately 10:25 AM, Santa Monica Police Department officers responded to a call of Shots Fired in the 2600 block of 29th Street in Santa Monica. Officers located the victim of the shooting seated in his parked vehicle. The victim, identified as William Edwards III, a 46-year-old resident of Los Angeles, was transported to a local hospital in grave condition and died at the hospital. The motive for the crime is still being investigated.”

SMPD reported 45 documented rapes were reported in 2023. This is up from 39 in 2022. There were no reported rapes on the website for 2024.

In 2023, there were 460 reported aggravated assaults or what used to be referred to as assault with a deadly weapon. This figure was less than the year prior. There were no reports on the SMPD website for 2024.

There were 80 reports of arson in 2023, which was down from 86 in 2022.

SMPD reported 231 robberies in 2023, which was up from 222 in 2022.

Of all of the robberies and burglaries, strong armed robbery was the most reported crime.

On February 13, Lieutenant Aklufi reported the arrest of four young adults and one juvenile who were captured with the help of a K9 officer on attempted burglary charges after breaking into The Real Real located at 200 26th St.

SMPD responded to 569 incidents of grand theft auto.

Petty crimes or what SMPD refers to as, “Part 2 crimes,” include simple assault, trespassing, public intoxication, vandalism, and other misdemeanor crimes. Of those, simple assault was the most prevalent with 859 cases reported. There were 730 cases of vandalism.

For 2024, the SMPD website shows multiple traffic related incidents, one of which was fatal. Reports of trespassing are also listed in the press releases on the SMPD website for 2024.

By Sharon


Trespass Arrest Authorization Has Updated Process

February 13, 2024 ·

SANTA MONICA—On Saturday, February 10, the city of Santa Monica announced on its website that as a service to property owners and managers, the city of Santa Monica and the Santa Monica Police Department maintains a system for filing trespass arrest authorization letters (“trespass letters”).

According to a press release from the city’s website, trespass letters authorize SMPD officers to enforce trespassing laws without having the owner of the property or their agent present. Prior to January 1, 2024, owners of real property and their agents were required to submit the trespass letters every 30 days (occupied property) or six months (vacant property) through an online system.

At the start of 2024, California State Senate Bill 602 (Archuleta) changed the trespass letter requirements to increase the period for the trespass letter from 30 days to 1 year. The bill further requires that all trespass letters be notarized prior to submission. The form can be found at the following link or using the QR code below.

All property owners are encouraged to do the following:
1. Print out and complete the trespass letter form for each unique address for which you are submitting an authorization.
https://santamonica.gov/media/Police/Trespass%20Arrest%20Authorization %20Form%20020824.pdf
2. Sign the form in the presence of a notary.
3. Mail or personally deliver the original notarized form to the Santa Monica Police Department at 333 Olympic Drive (Special Operations Division) Santa Monica, CA 90401.

For faster processing, the form can be scanned and emailed to HLPTeam@santamonica.gov. The original must be delivered to the Santa Monica Police Department.

By Trevor

SMPD Bike/Pedestrian Safety Operation For February 8

February 7, 2024 ·

SANTA MONICA—On Tuesday, February 6, the Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) will conduct a Bike & Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operation with focused enforcement efforts on primary collision factors involving motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists on Thursday, February 8 from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The SMPD identifies locations where pedestrian and bike collisions are prevalent, along with the violations that led to those collisions. Traffic officers will be on duty patrolling areas where bike and pedestrian traffic and collisions occur in an effort to lower deaths and injuries. Officers will be looking for violations committed by drivers, bike riders and pedestrians alike that can lead to life changing injuries. Violations include speeding, making illegal turns, failing to yield or provide right of way to bicyclists or pedestrians, or failing to stop for signs and signals.

“We all have places to be and not everyone gets there by car. Bicyclists and pedestrians have the same rights to the road but face even more risk without the protections vehicles have. We should all be looking out for one another,” said the SMPD.

Pedestrians
· Be predictable. Use crosswalks, when available.
· Take notice of approaching vehicles and practice due care.
· Do not walk or run into the path of a vehicle. At 30 mph, a driver needs at least 90 feet to stop.
· Be visible. Make it easy for drivers to see you – wear light colors, reflective material and carry a flashlight, particularly at dawn, dusk or at night.
· Be extra careful crossing streets or entering crosswalks at night when it is harder to see, or when crossing busier streets with more lanes and higher speed limits.

Drivers
· Follow the speed limit and slow down at intersections. Be prepared to stop for pedestrians at marked and unmarked crosswalks.
· Avoid blocking crosswalks while waiting to make a right-hand turn.
· Never drive impaired.

Bicyclists
· Obey traffic laws, use hand signals, use lights at night (front white light and rear red reflector), and wear a helmet.
· Bicyclists must travel in the same direction of traffic and have the same requirements as any slow-moving vehicle.
· Avoid the door zone: do not ride too closely to parked cars.
· If there’s a bike lane, use it, unless making a left turn, passing, or approaching a place where a right turn is allowed.
· Yield to pedestrians. Bicyclists must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians within marked crosswalks or within unmarked crosswalks at intersections.

Funding is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

By Trevor

Heavy Rains Have Significant Impact On SOCAL

February 6, 2024 ·

BEL AIR—On February 6, the threat of flooding and mudslides continues, as residents navigate through damage and debris causing evacuations throughout our coverage area. As of 7:19 a.m. (PST) Flash Flood Warnings remain in effect for Santa Monica, West Hollywood, and Beverly Hills until at least 10:00 a.m. (PST).

KTVU’s Steve Paulson updated some of the rainfall totals as of February 6, at 7:15 a.m. (PST).

The Sepulveda Dam has a rain accumulation of 12.36.”
The Bel Air Hotel, 12.28”
The Cogswell Dam which is located within the Los Angeles National Forest has seen rainfall accumulations of 12.13.”
Woodland Hills, 11.98”
And Malibu Hills at 11.70”

Child playing in the mud

A photograph posted on social media platform X depicts young people using a floating raft in the flood waters. Some children are playing in the rain or mud while others still have suffered great losses including the lives of at least three people and an unsurmountable amount of property damage.

On February 5, the Santa Monica Police Department warned motorists of the shutdown of the big inline in Santa Monica. Mudslides have been reported across Los Angeles County trapping vehicles in the mud.

According to the National Weather Service, California can expect one more day of rain before the storm system begins to move east.

According to the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) posted the following message on X:

“The Atmospheric River that came ashore in CA continues to drench SoCal. Other parts of the West may see inches of rain/feet of snow, especially the southwest. South/Southeast and N. Plains look very wet too.” One other post from five days ago addresses drought conditions.

“Drought coverage in the US has significantly dropped this winter. 19.7 percent of the US is in drought compared to 22.9 percent last week….” No mention of the impact recent rainfalls has had on their previous drought predictions.

Canyon News reached out to one of the government entities watching drought conditions for clarification to see if recent rainfall and flooding would solve the recent alleged water shortage. Environmentalists watching SOCAL drought conditions previously predicted that current drought conditions would result in water restrictions and a water crisis.

Jason Ince from the public affairs office of California Water Resources responded with the following message:

“Southern California has seen significant precipitation over the past several days, bringing the region’s precipitation total for the season close to average. The Sierra Nevada snowpack, which provides significant water supplies for Southern California, also received a significant bump over the past week, from just 52 percent of average on January 31 to 75 percent of average today. While still below average, the snowpack’s improvement is a positive sign for Southern California water supplies.”

By Sharon








Kayla Denise Mackey Arrested For Fatal Shooting

January 29, 2024 ·

SANTA MONICA—On January 26, Lt. Erika Aklufi of the Santa Monica Police Department indicated in an email to Canyon News that a suspect has been arrested for a fatal shooting that occurred on January 25.

The SMPD reported on January 25 at approximately 10:25 a.m., officers responded to a call of Shots Fired in the 2600 block of 29th Street in Santa Monica. Officers located the victim in the shooting seated in his parked vehicle. He was identified as William Edwards III, a 46-year-old male from Los Angeles. He was taken to a local hospital in grave condition where he later died.

Witnesses who saw the suspect leave the scene, gave officers with her general direction of travel. Detectives worked tirelessly throughout the day to identify and locate the suspect who was taken into custody on Friday, January 26 in West Los Angeles. A motive for the shooting is still under investigation.

Arrested for the shooting is Kayla Denise Mackey, 27, who the SMPD indicated was experiencing homelessness. Her booking photo is expected to be released in the coming days per Lt. Aklufi.

The SMPD is asking anyone with information related to Mackey or the shooting to contact Detective Burciaga at George.Burciaga@santamonica.gov, Detective Sergeant Gradle at Ryan.Gradle@santamonica.gov, or the Watch Commander (24 hours) at 310-458-8427.

By Trevor

Anti-Fencing Operation Recovers Stolen Goods

January 15, 2024 ·

BEVERLY HILLS/SANTA MONICA—On January 10, the LAPD disclosed that on January 9, the Organized Retail Crime Task Force (ORCTF) served a search warrant in the 400 block of West 7th Street in Downtown Los Angeles that recovered thousands of dollars in stolen goods and U.S. Currency. The personnel from the ORCTF, which consists of detectives from Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Burbank, Torrance, and Glendale Police Departments, were involved in the operation.

The LAPD indicated in a news release that the investigation was on a business believed to be selling stolen merchandise. The ORCTF is actively investigating individuals who steal from retail establishments, as well as the individuals or businesses who receive it with the intent to resell the stolen items to consumers.

Over $23,000 of US currency, a firearm, and hundreds of items including high-end eyewear and clothing, jewelry, and designer bags were recovered during the operation. The recovered property was conservatively estimated at a value of $300,000. Detectives are working with retailers to identify their items. Any evidence that is identified as having been stolen will be returned to the victims.

The ORCTF will continue to conduct operations throughout the Los Angeles County with the focus of identifying, disrupting, and arresting retail thieves and those who sell stolen items.

By Trevor

Attempted Homicide Suspect Christopher Williams Arrested

December 26, 2023 ·

SANTA MONICA—Lt. Erika Aklufi of the Santa Monica Police Department indicated in an email to the Canyon News that a suspect has been arrested to an attempted homicide on Sunday, December 24.

The SMPD reported at approximately 11:26 p.m., officers responded to an apartment in the 1300 block of 14th Street for an assault in progress. After arriving on scene, officers found a male resident inside the unit with serious facial injuries and stab wounds to his forehead, neck and back.

The victim was still conscious and able to describe his attacker, who he knew. Other officers were flagged down by witnesses who heard the argument and spotted the attacker, identified as Christopher Clay Williams, 29. He was taken into custody without incident in the 1300 block of Alley 14.

Williams was booked into the Santa Monica Jail for Attempted Homicide. The victim was transported to a local hospital to be treated for injuries sustained.

Anyone with details related to Williams or the incident is asked to contact Detective Tavera at Ismael.Tavera@santamonica.gov, Detective Sergeant Gradle at Ryan.Gradle@santamonica.gov, or the Watch Commander (24 hours) at 310-458-8427.

By Trevor

Missing Individual Lilian Hanseman Located

December 14, 2023 ·

SANTA MONICA—The Santa Monica Police Department announced on Thursday, December 14 that a woman who had been reported missing has been found.

Lilian Hanseman, 73, was reported missing on December 7. She had not been seen since November 24 after she left to walk to either Bob’s Market or Ralph’s Grocery Store.

Hanseman’s roommate discovered Hanseman left her wallet, cell phone, and all belongings in her rented room. Hanseman has no known mental health or medical issues.

The SMPD posted the following message on their Facebook page on Thursday morning:

“Ms. Hanseman has been located. This post will be archived shortly. Thank you to the Santa Monica community for your assistance!”

By Trevor

Smash-And-Grab At The Real Real Under Investigation By Task Force

December 6, 2023 ·

SANTA MONICA—Lt. Erika Aklufi of the Santa Monica Police Department emailed the Canyon News noting that they are investigating a smash-and-grab style robbery that transpired on November 27. The SMPD reported at approximately 10:55 a.m., officers were dispatched to the The Real Real located near the 200 block of 26th Street. The robbery involved multiple suspects.

During the investigation, officers learned that four masked suspects entered the luxury resale location and forced their way past the front door security. After inside the establishment, they used hammers to smash multiple display cases containing brand-name purses worth over $50,000. The suspects fled the scene in a waiting vehicle.

In August 2023, a rise in organized retail thefts prompted the SMPD to join the Los Angeles Police Department in the formation of the Los Angeles County Organized Retail Crime Taskforce (ORCT). The taskforce combines resources from various agencies to investigate and prosecute the organized retail theft rings that are frequently behind these crimes.

The theft incident is being investigated by the taskforce, which has arrested over 90 individuals for similar crimes. Anyone with additional details is asked to contact Santa Monica’s ORCT representative, Detective M. Castruita at Michael.Castruita@santamonica.gov.

By Trevor

Suspects In Residential Burglary Arrested

November 27, 2023 ·

SANTA MONICA—The Santa Monica Police Department reported that they arrested two suspects in connection with a residential robbery that occurred on Tuesday, November 21. The SMPD reported at approximately 12:45 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 500 block of 9th Street to investigate a possible residential burglary, where a suspicious vehicle was seen driving away.

Officers in the region located a matching vehicle leaving the general area, while additional officers confirmed the residential burglary had occurred. Police officers initiated a traffic stop and detained the occupants of the vehicle.

Jeffrey Owen Wright. Photo by SMPD.

During the investigation, authorities located a safe inside the suspects’ vehicle belonging to the resident, along with other items of evidence. The occupants of the vehicle, Christofer Martinez Infante, 23, and Jeffrey Owen Wright, 22, who were both charged with Residential Burglary and are being held without bail.

The investigation is on-going and limited information is available at this time. Anyone with additional details is asked to contact SMPD Detective Isaac Reyes (310) 458-4852, Detective Sgt. Lozano (310) 458-8774 or the Watch Commander (24 hours) at (310) 458-8426.

By Trevor

Carjacking Suspect Adrian Jose Dugas Arrested

November 16, 2023 ·

SANTA MONICA—The Santa Monica Police Department revealed to Canyon News via email on Wednesday, November 15 that a suspect has been arrested for a carjacking that transpired on November 7.

Lt. Erika Aklufi of the SMPD indicated that officers arrested Adrian Jose Dugas, 24, on November 7. Authorities noted that the suspect was experiencing homelessness from the Los Angeles area, and is responsible for a carjacking incident involving multiple people.

At approximately 10:30 p.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Adelaide Drive after receiving reports of a group of individuals holding down Dugas in the middle of the street.

The six victims reported they were returning to their vehicle in Parking Structure 8, when Dugas approached them while simulating a handgun concealed within a duffle bag. He forced his way into the backseat of the vehicle and demanded the victims drive him around the city.

While inside the car, Dugas confiscated their cell phones. He also made multiple threats to shoot the victims if they did not comply and physically assaulted the driver and a passenger in the car.

The victims drove for more than an hour before Dugas ordered all passengers out of the vehicle. Upon exiting, one of the victims was able to place the suspect in a chokehold and they held Dugas down until police arrived.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney charged Dugas with:

• (6) counts of robbery;
• (6) counts of kidnapping during the commission of a carjacking;
• (1) attempted carjacking; and
• (1) count of aggravated assault.

Dugas remains in police custody with bail set at $6.4 million. He is expected to appear in court on November 29.

SMPD Detectives believe the suspect may have attempted an additional carjacking and are seeking other victims. Anyone with information related to Dugas or this investigation is asked to contact Detective Spencer at brian.spencer@santamonica.gov or Sergeant Gradle atryan.gradle@santamonica.gov or call 310-458-8427.

By Trevor

Hot Prowler And Burglar Charles Marcell Newman Arrested

November 11, 2023 ·

Charles Marcell Newman. Photo courtesy of the SMPD.

SANTA MONICA—Lt. Erika Aklufi of the Santa Monica Police Department indicated in an email to the Canyon News that a suspect was arrested by authorities after they receive a call of a Prowler Now on Wednesday, November 8.

The SMPD reported at 3:27 a.m., officers responded to a call of a Prowler Now in the 200 block of 24th Street. The reporting party for the incident was one of two off-duty law enforcement officers providing private security services for the homeowner. They spotted the subject of the call in the backyard of the home trying to gain entry. When officers arrived, they found the subject being detained by security in the driveway of the property.

The subject was identified as Charles Marcell Newman, 46, currently experiencing homelessness. He is a parolee at large and an out-of-compliance sex registrant. He is also under investigation for burglary and trespassing in Los Angeles.

Newman was the subject of several prowling calls at the same Santa Monica residence in September and October. He was captured on surveillance video trying doors and windows around the perimeter of the home as well as trying car door handles. During an incident on October 31, 2023, he was seen on camera in the backyard trying to open windows. Detectives were able to identify him from the video and place a WANT in the system for his detention and questioning.

The suspect has been arrested by the Santa Monica Police Department for similar crimes (burglary, resisting arrest, violation of parole and probation) in 2012 and again in 2019. Newman was convicted in both prior incidents and served prison time.

Detectives will present the case to the LA County District Attorney’s Office requesting that Newman be charged with a completed burglary, multiple attempted burglaries, and a violation of his sex offender registration conditions. He is currently being held without bail for the parole violation. His first court appearance will be on Monday, November 13.

Anyone with details related to this individual or incident is asked to contact Detective Zamfirov at Peter.Zamfirov@santamonica.gov, Detective Sergeant Lozanoat Alfonso.Lozano@santamonica.gov, or the Watch Commander (24 hours) at 310-458-8427.

By Trevor

Community Can Receive SMPD Service Request Updates On Phones

November 8, 2023 ·

SANTA MONICA—On Tuesday, November 7, the city of Santa Monica indicated in a press release that residents, businesses, and visitors can now receive updates for emergency and non-emergency calls for police service via text message.

The Santa Monica Police Department and Office of Emergency Management (OEM) will initiate SPIDR Tech, a Versaterm Public Safety company that will send automated text messages to individuals who have called 911 or the non-emergency phone number and requested service from the SMPD.

The new customer service features will launch in two phases:

-Phase 1, November 7: Launch of automated text messages providing confirmation of the police request for service and status updates.

-Phase 2, December 11: Text-based, mobile-friendly survey asking for customer feedback will be sent 24-hours after a Santa Monica Police request for service has concluded.

Santa Monica’s new text notification updates:

-Will only be sent to individuals who placed their request for Police Department services by calling (310) 458-8491 or 911 using a cell phone

-Will NOT send texts about in-progress calls and situations where a text message may pose safety concerns for the individuals involved

-Can be accessed in Spanish by using the link provided in the text

-Will be delivered from the phone number (424) 484-0511

-Cannot be used to send text communications to dispatchers

-Can be stopped by replying to the text with “STOP”

“Santa Monica’s dispatchers answer over 250,000 calls annually,” said Chief Resilience Officer Lindsay Call, who oversees Santa Monica’s OEM Public Safety Communications Division. “This new technology will help improve communications and transparency between residents, businesses and visitors who report incidents, OEM public safety dispatchers and police personnel.”

In the region, the community should contact 911 if a life-threatening emergency arises and (310) 458-8491 for any other requests requiring police personnel assistance. If one cannot call 911, the public can also text 911 in Los Angeles County to communicate with dispatchers. Police Chief Ramón Batista is asking all those requesting police service to opt in to receive text updates.

“We want everyone who needs police assistance to know the status of their request,” Batista said “It is vitally important that we can confirm with the reporting party that their call for service will be answered and when.”

By Trevor

Juan Gonzalez Arrested For Bomb Threats At SM Pier

October 13, 2023 ·

SANTA MONICA—Lt. Erika Aklufi of the Santa Monica Police Department informed Canyon News via email that they arrested a suspect who made bomb threats on the Santa Monica Pier on Monday, October 9.

The SMPD reported at about 2:35 p.m. they received a radio call of a distraught male subject climbing the Ferris wheel in Pacific Park on the Pier. A witness told officers that the man claimed to have a bomb in his backpack.

Officers found the subject, later identified as Juan Gonzalez, 37, of Garden Grove, approximately two-thirds of the way up the Ferris wheel in the steel supports. There were approximately 10 riders on the wheel, which was stopped with Gonzalez in the support structure.

The Santa Monica Fire Department worked to rescue the riders in the wheel’s gondolas while members of the SMPD Crisis Negotiation Team contacted Gonzalez and started talking him down to the Pier Deck. During the negotiations, Gonzalez was agitated and upset and continued to make bomb threats to the officers negotiating with him. The incident lasted for more than an hour before Gonzalez climbed down low enough for officers to take him into custody. He was not in possession of an explosive device or any other weapons.

Based on the multiple threats made to witnesses as well as the continued bomb threats articulated by Gonzalez to the officers, he was placed under arrest for criminal threats (a felony), making a false bomb threat to authorities, and resisting arrest. He was evaluated by the SMFD on-scene and transported to the Santa Monica Jail for booking. The case will be presented to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office for filing on the threats charges.

Lt. Aklufi informed Canyon News that there were no injuries during the incident and the Department is unaware of any prior criminal record with the suspect. Lt. Aklufi told Canyon News on Wednesday, October 11, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office filed charges for felony criminal threats (422 PC), felony resisting arrest (69 PC), false imprisonment (236 PC) and making a false bomb report (148.1 PC).

By Trevor

Juvenile Arrested For Armed Robbery

October 13, 2023 ·

SANTA MONICA—On October 6, the Santa Monica Police Department indicated in a press release that a juvenile was arrested in connection to an attempted armed robbery that occurred on October 2. The SMPD reported on October 2, at approximately 9:30 a.m., officers arrested a juvenile male (11 years-old) for attempted armed robbery with a knife near the 1300 block of the beach.

The victim of the robbery relayed to officers that he frequently visits the Santa Monica Beach and while seated in his truck he spotted two individuals near the truck bed where his bicycle was tethered. The suspect approached the truck while holding a knife near his chest.  The victim believed the suspect was unaware of his presence inside the truck and was attempting to steal his bike. Upon realizing the truck was occupied, the youth threatened to cut the victim with the knife. The suspect, along with another youth (13 years-old) fled the area but were located shortly after.  The knife, dropped during the foot pursuit, was located by officers and the victim was not physically harmed during the incident.

Both juveniles, reported as runaways from a residential care facility in the city of San Dimas, were issued citations. The younger of the two suspects was issued a citation for attempted armed robbery and the other for obstructing an investigation. Both were released into the custody of staff from the residential facility.  A records check indicates that both suspects were arrested by officers twice in the month of September for carjacking and burglarizing a vehicle.

Anyone with details related to this incident is asked to contact Detective Lucero at hilda.lucero@santamonica.gov, Detective Sergeant Shaun Cooney at shaun.cooney@santamonica.gov or the Watch Commander (24 hours) at 310-458-8427.

By Trevor

Newsom Signs Assembly Bill 481 Implementing “Robocops”

October 5, 2023 ·

SANTA MONICA—On October 4, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) made the following statement updating public information on robotic police video surveillance.

“Recent reports have indicated that robotic delivery services are providing video footage to the Los Angeles Police Department. This is only true in cases where the robotic delivery company has been the victim of a crime.”

The Los Angeles Police Department is committed to constitutional policing and is sensitive to privacy concerns, while holding those who commit crime accountable.

The Santa Monica Police Department released a statement regarding California Governor Gavin Newsom signing Assembly Bill number 481 into law September 30, for the use of AB-481 Military Equipment to be used by police involving the use of robots in place of, and in addition to, actual police officers.

Authorities indicated what has been referred to as the “Robocops,” have a quicker response time to 911 calls and may be able to gain entry into, a building by breaking glass…without risk of injury to members of the police force.

Governor Newsom has been scrutinized over signing the bill. Reports indicate that Santa Monica has experienced an increase of crime and violence of at least 14 percent in 2023. Some residents indicated they feel more comfortable with humans as their first responders.

Section 1. The Legislature finds and declares all the following:

(a) “The acquisition of military equipment and its deployment in our communities adversely impacts the public’s safety and welfare, including increased risk of civilian deaths, significant risks to civil rights, civil liberties, and well-being, and increment of significant financial costs. Military equipment is more frequently deployed in low-income black and brown communities, meaning the risks and impacts of police militarization are experienced most acutely in marginalized communities.”

(b) The public has a right to know about any funding, acquisition, or use of military equipment by state or local government officials, as well as a right to participate in any government agency’s decision to fund, acquire, or to use such equipment.

Section C details how decisions on funding “should give strong consideration to the public’s welfare, safety, civil rights, and civil liberties based on meaningful input.”

Section D is regarding the “legally enforceable safeguards. Oversight, and accountability measures that must be in place to protect the public’s welfare…”

The 2022 SMPD Annual AB 481 report is available online. The Public Safety Reform and Oversight Commission will conduct a hearing for public feedback during their November 7 meeting.

By Sharon

Brian Barry Clemens Arrested For Felony Assault

October 4, 2023 ·

SANTA MONICA—Lt. Erika Aklufi with the Santa Monica Police Department informed Canyon News that a suspect was arrested for an assault that transpired on Sunday, October 1.

The SMPD reported at 9:23 p.m. officers responded to a residence regarding an assault investigation. The victim and a witness told officers that at about 8:40 p.m. they were heading northbound on Main Street with the victim on an e-bike and the witness, her friend, on foot next to her.

They passed by a male subject, later identified as Brian Barry Clemens, 51, of Los Angeles who was yelling incoherently in their direction. They crossed the street and were walking north across Ocean Park Boulevard when Clemens charged the two women, knocking the victim off the bicycle, pinning her to the ground, and strangling her. A Good Samaritan driving by halted the attack and scared Clemens away. The suspect, Clemens, later flagged down a passerby and asked him to call 9-1-1 for medical help.

The Santa Monica Fire Department transported Clemens to the hospital, as officers obtained a description of the suspect in the assault they discovered it was the same subject transported by the SMFD.

Officers arrived at the hospital and placed Clemens under arrest and took him to the jail for booking.

The victim suffered a leg injury as well as scrapes and bruises. Clemens has prior arrests in California and out of state for being intoxicated in public and driving under the influence.

On October 3, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office filed charges against Clemens for assault with a deadly weapon (245 PC) and felony assault (243 PC).

Anyone with details related to this incident is asked to contact Detective Tavera at Ismael.tavera@santamonica.gov, Detective Sergeant Gradle at Ryan.gradle@santamonica.gov, or the Watch Commander (24 hours) at 310-458-8427.

By Trevor

Pedestrian Injured During Traffic Collision

October 2, 2023 ·

SANTA MONICA—Lt. Erika Aklufi of the Santa Monica Police Department send an email to Canyon News indicating that a traffic collision on Friday, September 29 left a pedestrian injured.

The SMPD indicated at approximately 8:34 a.m., officers were dispatched to the scene of a traffic collision with injuries at the intersection of Ocean Avenue and Marguerita Avenue in Santa Monica.

A 64-year-old male pedestrian crossing westbound across Ocean Avenue was struck by a 2018 Toyota SUV traveling northbound. The driver stayed at the scene and is cooperating with the investigation.

The pedestrian sustained severe non-life-threatening injuries and was taken by ambulance to a local hospital.

Anyone with details related to this incident is asked to contact Sergeant Krueger at nick.krueger@santamonica.gov or the Watch Commander (24 hours) at 310-458-8427.

By Trevor

Felony Hit-And-Run Suspect Nehemias Rivera-Menjivar Arrested

September 24, 2023 ·

SANTA MONICA—A suspect has been arrested connected to a hit-and-run that occurred on Wednesday, September 20, the Santa Monica Police Department announced. Authorities reported at approximately 11:20 pm, officers spotted a vehicle run a red light near the 700 block of Montana Avenue. The driver of the vehicle failed to yield to officers and committed additional traffic violations while driving recklessly for several blocks before colliding with a vehicle at 7th and Wilshire Boulevard.

The driver did not stop after the collision, continuing to drive down the Pier ramp and into the Newcomb Lot. The vehicle pursuit terminated when the driver was boxed in near the Carousel building on the Pier.

The driver, later identified as Nehemias Rivera-Menjivar, 21, from Wilmington, CA, exited the stopped vehicle, and attempted to flee on foot. An officer deployed a taser which did not halt Rivera-Menjivar. After repeated demands, Riveria-Menjivar was taken into custody without further incident.

During the subsequent investigation, it was determined that the vehicle driven by Rivera-Menjivar was stolen from an address in Long Beach. The driver admitted to using marijuana.

Riveria-Menjivar was booked for multiple violations including: 20001(a) CVC – Felony Hit and Run; 23104(a) CVC – Reckless Driving; 2800.2(a) CVC – Felony Evading Police; 23153 (f) CVC- Felony DUI (Marijuana); and 148(a)(1) PC – Resisting and Obstructing Arrest

Anyone with details is asked to contact Sergeant Krueger at nick.krueger@santamonica.gov, or the Watch Commander (24 hours) at 310-458-8427.

By Trevor

Zero Bail Rules Start In October 2023

September 14, 2023 ·

SANTA MONICA—The Santa Monica Police Department indicated in an email to Canyon News on Wednesday, September 13 that new zero-bail rules are slated to begin October 1, 2023. The SMPD noted that on July 18, the Superior Court of Los Angeles County approved a new set of bail schedules for individuals arrested for misdemeanors and non-violent felony crimes.

As a result, all police departments in Los Angeles County, including the Santa Monica Police Department, must comply with the terms of the zero-bail protocol. The new bail schedule, slated to take effect will dictate one of three possible actions by law enforcement for an arrestee’s release:

  1. Cite and Release– Arrestee is released at the location of the arrest.
  2. Book and Release– Arrestee is booked in jail and then released on their own

recognizance.

  1. Magistrate Review– Select cases referred to an on-call magistrate.

New release protocols will replace traditional bail schedules where instead of assigning a money bail amount to non-violent felonies and misdemeanors, arrestees will now be a Cite and Release or a Book and Release.

With a smaller number of cases, suspects arrested for certain crimes posing an increased risk to the public will be referred to an on-call magistrate who will have discretion to determine the appropriate release terms and conditions. Capital offenses like murder with special circumstances and limited felonies are not eligible for pre-arraignment, zero-bail release.

Under the new protocol, offenses listed as Cite and Release, Book and Release, or Magistrate Review include almost all theft offenses, vehicle code violations, other property crimes like vandalism, and some serious crimes that are deemed non-violent. If an individual is arrested for False Imprisonment, under the new protocol is eligible for Book and Release. Under the previous bail schedule, their bail amount would be $50,000.

If an individual arrested for theft of an automobile is eligible for Book and Release, while under the previous bail schedule, their bail amount was $35,000. Offenses involving guns, sexual battery, crimes against children/elders and contact with minors with intent to commit a sexual offense are examples of offenses subject to Magistrate Review.

The SMPD stated:

“We will not waiver in our commitment to safeguarding our residents, visitors, and business owners even while we work within the processes set forth by the Superior Court of Los Angeles County.”

By Trevor

Suspects Vandalize Several Businesses In Crime Spree

September 6, 2023 ·

SANTA MONICA—On the morning of Monday, September 4, at approximately 2:30 a.m. surveillance camera video footage picked up a group of people smashing the storefront window of Margo’s Pizza Kitchen located at 1534 Montana Avenue and stole money from them. The Bardonna coffee bar located at 1601 Montana Avenue and the Pinkberry Frozen Yogurt shop at 1612 Montana Avenue were vandalized by the same group of thieves.

Initial reports indicate that this same group is more than likely the same suspects in all three instances. All three businesses were vandalized causing thousands of dollars’ worth of damage. Margo’s Pizza Kitchen was the only business in this crime spree that was burglarized.

According to Neighborhood Scout, “With a crime rate of 51 per one thousand residents, Santa Monica has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes – from the smallest towns to the very largest cities. One’s chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime here is one in 20.”

Canyon News reached out to Santa Monica Police Lieutenant Erika Aklufi, who responded with the following information.

“The preliminary information was three male suspects, unknown on the particulars. They were all wearing hooded sweatshirts and face coverings. The vehicle was a dark sedan that looked like it might be a Dodge Charger, but we have not confirmed the make and model yet.”

The Santa Monica Police Department is working on the investigation. If you have any more information on the whereabouts of the suspects, please contact SMPD at (310) 458-8491.

By Sharon

Cordell Studley Wanted For Attempted Rape, Burglary

September 4, 2023 ·

SANTA MONICA—The Santa Monica Police Department is asking for the public’s help to locate Cordell Dionte Studley, 29, for attempted rape and burglary. Lt. Erika Aklufi of the SMPD indicated in an email to Canyon News that on September 2, at approximately 1 a.m., Dispatch received a call from a resident on the 1500 block of 15th Street.

She informed authorities she woke up and found a nude man standing next to her bed. They struggled briefly, before the victim was able to open the front door of her apartment and force her attacker out.

The Santa Monica Police Forensics Unit, in addition to detectives responded to the scene.  Authorities identified that Studley was observed at the apartment complex two times on the previous day. He is wanted for 220(b) PC – Assault with intent to commit rape, 459 PC – Residential Burglary, and 236 PC – False Imprisonment.

Anyone with details about Studley or his whereabouts is asked to contact Detective Brian Spencer 310-458-8420, Sgt. Chad Goodwin 310-458-8931, or the Watch Commander (24 Hours) 310-458-8427.

By Trevor

Kevin Aamir Mumin Arrested For Assault

August 28, 2023 ·

SANTA MONICA—The Santa Monica Police Department revealed on Thursday, August 24 that a suspect has been arrested for an assault that occurred. The SMPD indicated that on August 20 at 1 p.m. an unidentified male attacked a worker outside a business on Main Street, striking him in the back of his head with a large wooden dowel.

The victim sustained a concussion with a head injury that required stitches. The Santa Monica Police Department issued a bulletin looking for information on the suspect involved in the attack.

On August 22, the same suspect assaulted two city of Santa Monica employees, throwing a glass bottle in their direction. He fled before officers arrived on the scene. Officers determined both incidents were hate-related.

On August 22, the Los Angeles Police Department issued a bulletin for Kevin Aamir Mumin, 36, who was responsible for a series of hate crimes targeting Hispanic/Latinos in Los Angeles that matched incidents in Santa Monica. Follow-ups led by detectives with the SMPD identified Mumin as responsible for the incidents in Santa Monica.

On August 23, officers from LAPD’s 77th Division took Mumin, who is currently experiencing homelessness, into custody for crimes committed in Los Angeles. The LAPD contacted SMPD detectives to coordinate filing both cities’ cases jointly with the Los Angeles County District Attorney.

On Thursday, August 24, the LADA Hate Crimes Unit filed four counts of Assault with a Deadly Weapon with Great Bodily Injury (GBI), one count of Assault Likely to Produce GBI, a Hate Crime, and a parole violation. Mumin is being held without bail pending his arraignment.

Anyone with details about the suspect or any of the incidents is asked to contact Detective Spencer 310-458-8420, Sgt. Goodwin 310-458-8931, or the Watch Commander (24 Hours) 310-458-8427.

By Trevor

Terrence Allen Arrested For Rolex Theft

August 28, 2023 ·

SANTA MONICA—A suspect has been arrested by the Santa Monica Police Department who attempted to steal a $40,000 Rolex from the Rolex store located on 159 Santa Monica Place.

On August 21, the SMPD arrived to the Rolex store for a robbery in progress. During the robbery, multiple employees activated emergency alarms, triggering a police response. While officers were enroute, Santa Monica Dispatchers relayed that onsite security were attempting to detain the suspect who was combative during the process.

Upon arrival, officers took Terrence Allen, 26, of Florida, into custody.  During the investigation, officers learned that Allen entered the store, requested to view a watch valued at $40,000 and once in hand, he tried to flee. Allen encountered armed security stationed outside and after a brief struggle the property was recovered.

Allen was booked into the Santa Monica Jail and later charged by the Los Angeles District Attorney with armed robbery (211PC) and Grand Theft (487PC). Bail was set at $125,000.  The suspect was found to be wanted for a robbery out of the state of Georgia.

The SMPD is asking anyone with details of the attempted robbery to contact Detective I. Tavera in the Criminal Investigations Division at 310-458-8451, or the Santa Monica Police Department’s Watch Commander (24 hours) at 310-458-8426.

By Trevor

Attempted Murder Suspect Nathanael Roger Lavoie Arrested

August 16, 2023 ·

SANTA MONICA—The Santa Monica Police Department announced on August 10th that a suspect was arrested after attacking another man who was found injured near the Santa Monica Public Library, Ocean Park Branch on August 9th.

The SMPD reported at 8:09 a.m., officers responded to the scene after a call of service for a Check the Status. An employee at the library informed authorities they attempted to wake up an individual who was near the front doors who may have been homeless and was badly injured.

The name of the victim has not yet been disclosed, but police indicated the 41-year-old male suffered from blunt force trauma to his face and had a swollen forehead. He was transported to a local hospital by ambulance and is listed in critical condition but is expected to recover.

At approximately 12:35 p.m., detectives spotted a person of interest loitering in the front of the library. Upon making contact with the individual, he became uncooperative and displayed threatening behavior. Additional officers arrived and deployed a Taser after the subject attempted to assault uniformed officers.

The suspect has been identified as Nathanael Roger Lavoie, 40, who was arrested and booked for attempted murder, felony battery on a police officer, giving a false name to a police officer, and resisting arrest.

Canyon News spoke to Lt. Erika Aklufi with the SMPD via email who stated:

“I don’t have anything for you about motive as this is still under investigation.  Similarly, I cannot share if he has an outside criminal record.  I can tell you that we had no contact with him prior to this incident; I understand that he was from out of state and may have only come to the area recently.”

Anyone with details on the incident or with information about the suspect is asked to contact the SMPD Investigations Division during business hours at (310) 458-8451 or the Watch Commander 24-hours at (310) 458-8427.

By Trevor

Gunnar Zausniewski Sentenced 12 Years For Attempted Murder

August 7, 2023 ·

SANTA MONICA—The Santa Monica Police Department announced in a press release on August 4, 2023, that Gunnar Zausniewski, 37, was sentenced to 12 years in state prison on July 28. Zausniewski was convicted of attempted murder, mayhem and assault with a deadly weapon on July 3rd for a crime committed on August 6, 2020.

The SMPD reported that at 9 a.m. on August 6, 2020, officers responded to a 911 call about a homeless individual brandishing a large knife at Reed Park.

Officers arrived and observed Zausniewski stab someone who was sleeping on the ground before running away. A short foot pursuit occurred, and the suspect was taken into custody. Zausniewski attacked another homeless individual, a 29-year-old, in his abdomen. The victim was taken to a local hospital and treated for injuries sustained, from which he recovered. The name of that victim has not been disclosed to the public.

The SMPD indicated that it was proud of the detectives in the Criminal Investigation Division that took the suspect off the streets.

By Trevor

SMPD To Conduct Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Operation

July 31, 2023 ·

SANTA MONICA—The Santa Monica Police Department will conduct a Bike & Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operation on August 3 and August 4 between the hours of 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. Officers will be “patrolling areas where bike and pedestrian traffic and collisions occur in an effort to lower deaths and injuries,” according to a notice by the SMPD. 

The SMPD will be leading “extra enforcement efforts” during the Safety Enforcement Operation, looking for traffic violations committed by drivers, bike riders and pedestrians that can lead to “life changing injuries.” 

These violations include “speeding, making illegal turns, failing to yield or provide a right of way to bicyclists or pedestrians, or failing to stop for signs and signals.”

The SMPD advises that pedestrians use crosswalks when available, avoid running in the path of vehicles, and remain visible by wearing light colors or reflective material and carrying a flashlight during dawn or dusk hours.

Drivers are advised to follow the speed limit, slow down at intersections, and be prepared to stop for pedestrians at marked and unmarked crosswalks. Additionally, the Police Department reminds drivers to avoid blocking crosswalks while waiting to make a right-hand turn and refrain from driving impaired. 

Bicyclists are reminded by police to obey traffic laws by using bike lanes where available, hand signals, lights at night (including a white light and rear red reflector), and a helmet. Bicyclists are also advised to be cautious of proximity to parked cars and to yield to right-of-way pedestrians on marked and unmarked crosswalks.

By Paige Strickland

Beverly Hills Police K-9 Officer Aedan Passes Away

July 13, 2023 ·

BEVERLY HILLS—On Saturday, July 2, the Beverly Hills Police Department (BHPD) lost one of their own. BHPD K-9 Officer Aedan passed away. The department gave tribute to the retired K-9 on the BHPD Twitter page.

“With a heavy heart, we bid farewell to our beloved retired K-9 Aedan, who passed away Saturday morning. A male Belgian Malinois, Aedan served faithfully alongside his K-9 handler for five years completing over 1,200 hours of training and assisting in numerous deployments.”

In a separate tweet, BHPD listed the K-9’s acts of service to the Department, and the community including 25 deployments with 20 suspect searches that led to “the apprehension of 5 suspects.”

In addition to BHPD, K-9 Officer Aedan assisted the Culver City and Santa Monica Police Departments.

BHPD noted that, “During a joint op with the [Drug Enforcement Agency] DEA, Aedan’s alert led to the seizure of narcotics worth over $500,000.

“From lending a helping paw to protecting our community, Aedan’s impact stretched far and wide. His legacy of service will never be forgotten. Rest in peace, dear Aedan.”— BHPD via Twitter.

Canyon News reached out to BHPD for a photo and spoke to Aedan’s handler, Patrol Sergeant, Tony Adams who shared the following statement, and the photo used in this article.

“K9 Aedan worked for 5 years from 2011 to 2016. When I was promoted, I was very fortunate that the city allowed Aedan to retire, and he lived until the age of 13 with me and my family. He will be missed.”

By Sharon

Traffic Stop Yields Replica Handguns/Narcotics Sales Arrest

June 16, 2023 ·

SANTA MONICA—On June 7, the Santa Monica Police Department that officers spotted a vehicle on Neilson Way with tinted windows blaring music at top volume, both violations.

When officers tried to initiate a traffic stop of the vehicle, the officers located a replica handgun in plain view in the back seat.

A subsequent search of the vehicle led to the discovery of a second handgun (another replica), methamphetamine, fentanyl, a scale and calculator, and a large amount of cash.

The driver and passenger were arrested for possession of narcotics for sale. The name of the driver and the passenger has not been disclosed to the public.

By Staff

John Edward Alevizos Charged With Felony DUI

June 6, 2023 ·

John Edward Alevizos

SANTA MONICA—On June 2, just before midnight, the Santa Monica Police Department responded to a 9-1-1 call at the intersection of 26th Street and Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica from a witness to a traffic collision with injuries.

A Volkswagen Jetta left the roadway and struck a pedestrian sitting on the bus stop bench. Police determined that the driver, John Edward Alevizos, 35, of Los Angeles was driving under the influence of alcohol.

Officers arriving at the scene discovered a 19-year-old victim with traumatic injuries to both legs. He was transported to UCLA Medical Center where he has been listed in critical condition.

Alevizos was arrested for drunk driving. Due to the condition of the victim, Alevizos was apprehended and booked into jail on a felony DUI charge.

According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) Inmate Locator, Alevizos was booked into jail at the SMPD on June 6, at 1:54 a.m. on a $100,000 bail.  

His court date was scheduled for June 6, at 8:30 a.m. at the LAX Superior Court on 11707 La Cienega Blvd. in Los Angeles.  No further information is known at this time.

By Sharon

SMPD Report Reveals Crime Spike In 2023

May 30, 2023 ·

SANTA MONICA—A first-quarter crime report released by the Santa Monica Police Department, on May 25, shows that crime, both serious and petty increased compared to 2022 first-quarter results. While calls for police service decreased by 7 percent compared to last year’s first quarter report, there were 259 more arrests.

According to the 2023 first quarter report, there has been an increase in Part I crimes, which include “homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, grand theft auto, and arson.” There were 149 more reports (a 14 percent increase) of Part I crimes than the 2022 first-quarter crime report. 

Larceny accounted for a considerable portion of the increase in Part I crimes. Included in the 2023 first quarter report were 180 incidents of auto parts theft, 81 percent of which were stolen catalytic converters. The most targeted type of vehicle for catalytic converter theft was the Toyota Prius.

A new ordinance approved by Santa Monica City Council last week aims to discourage catalytic converter theft. The ordinance will make it illegal to possess a catalytic converter that is not attached to a vehicle unless documentation can prove lawful possession. Proof may take the form of a bill of sale or legal intent to use in an auto repair shop. An individual without valid proof may be fined $500.

Domestic violence has risen by 19 percent, and rape reports increased from eight incidents to 13 compared to the 2022 first quarter crime report. For information on getting help, identifying abuse, or making a plan for safety visit https://www.thehotline.org/get-help/.

Part II crimes such as simple assault, DUIs, fraud, vandalism, and narcotics increased by 119 crimes (a 19 percent increase) compared to the 2022 first-quarter report. 

Although vandalism accounts for the highest number of incidents in the Part II crime category, incidents of vandalism have dropped from 182 in 2022 to 175 in 2023 during the first quarter report. Simple assault incidents have risen to levels seen in 2019, with 174 incidents reported during the first quarter of 2023.

By Paige Strickland

SMPD Arrest Suspected Mail Thieves On Federal Charges

May 29, 2023 ·

SANTA MONICA—On Friday, May 26, Lt. Erika Aklufi of the Santa Monica Police Department emailed in a press release to Canyon News the arrest of two suspects in connection with the theft of arrow postal keys, and other mail from the United States Postal Service which is a federal crime.

Security footage obtained by the SMPD from a nearby apartment building captured the suspects entering the secured mail room of the apartment complex and leaving with the residents’ mail and packages.

“Just before midnight on May 20, 2023, Santa Monica Police Department officers patrolling in the 2000 block of 4th Street were flagged by a citizen who was chasing a mail theft suspect. Officers detained the suspect who was in possession of multiple counterfeit United States Postal Service Arrow keys [federal offense]. Other officers arrived on scene and discovered a second suspect inside a vehicle who was also detained. Inside the vehicle, officers found stolen pieces of mail, packages, electronics, drugs [crack cocaine] and drug paraphernalia. As officers investigated the incident, they discovered multiple mail packages on a sidewalk, dropped by the suspects as they fled from an apartment building. Officers walked to several addresses and returned the stolen mail and packages. Additional mail belonging to several victims with Los Angeles addresses was booked pending notification of the victims,” the SMPD stated.

Anyone with details related to these individuals or the incident is asked to contact our Investigations Division during business hours at 310-458-8451.

Juveniles Arrested In Robbery, Firearm Incident

May 22, 2023 ·

SANTA MONICA—Lt. Erika Aklufi of the Santa Monica Police Department indicated in an email to Canyon News that two juveniles were arrested for a series of crimes that has unfolded in Santa in recent months.

On Monday, May 15, at 2 pm, the SMPD received a 911 call of an armed robbery that just occurred near the intersection of 3rd Street and Idaho Avenue. The victim, a delivery driver, was threatened by two suspects, one of whom brandished a firearm and pointed it at the driver during the theft.

About 20 minutes later, authorities received a call of shots fired in the 800 block of 2nd Street. Officers in the area investigating the robbery discovered that the second call was an accidental discharge of a firearm by one of the suspects involved in the incident at 3rd and Idaho Ave. The injured suspect shot himself in the hand while inside a residence. Officers responding to the shots fired call located the two robbery suspects inside the residence; both who were juveniles.

The uninjured youth, a resident of Santa Monica, was booked at the Santa Monica Police Department and transported to juvenile hall. The injured suspect was transported to the hospital for treatment. He was released from the hospital the next day, booked at the SMPD, and transported to juvenile hall.

Subsequent investigation of the incidents tied the two youth to multiple additional crimes that occurred in the area over the past few months, including residential and vehicle burglaries, auto theft, and a stabbing. They have both been charged with the robbery. Additional charges are pending for both suspects.

Anyone with details pertaining to this incident or individuals involved is asked to contact SMPD Criminal Investigations during business hours at 310-458-8451.

By Casey

Skeletal Remains Of Beau Mann Discovered In Santa Monica

May 8, 2023 ·

SANTA MONICA/STUDIO CITY—Lt. Erika Aklufi of the Santa Monica Police Department indicated in an email to Canyon News that authorities discovered human remains in the courtyard of an abandoned property in the 2900 block of Santa Monica Boulevard.

The Los Angeles County Coroner took possession of the remains and are currently working to determine the cause of death. On Saturday, May 6, the coroner positively identified the remains as those of Beau Mann, who was born on February 1, 1982.

Mann was last seen on November 30, 2021 leaving a 7-Eleven around 2 p.m. Mann sent a text to 911 before his disappearance. He was reported missing to the Los Angeles Police Department on December 4, 2021. The LAPD reported he was last seen on Berkeley Street and Santa Monica Boulevard. Less than 10 minutes later, a text was sent to 911 from Mann’s cellphone, indicating that he needed help and was in an Uber. Mann gave no further details as to why he needed help.

According to Mann’s fiancé, Jason Abate, Uber records show that Mann was dropped off at the 7-Eleven at around 2:05 p.m. It then shows that he was dropped off at Berkeley Street in Santa Monica, California at 2:35 p.m. “Nobody heard from him again, and he hasn’t been heard from since,” Abate said in a Facebook live video.

He last spoke with family on November 28, 2021. His family alerted authorities at the time that Beau was struggling with mental health issues and they were concerned about his safety. Beau was last seen wearing a blue baseball cap, dark sweatshirt, dark pants, and black shoes. He was carrying a large backpack.

Police reached out to him twice and got no response, Amy Mann, Beau’s mother, told the Telegram.

Abate runs the HelpFindBeauMann Facebook page and frequently does Facebook and Instagram Live’s to raise awareness about his fiancé’s disappearance. “The thing that saddens me the most is that we really don’t have any tips,” Abate said on a Facebook live on April 11, 2022.

“We’ve done everything you can possibly think of and more. You have no idea how much we actually have done as far as trying to figure out where Beau is or went. Yes we have gone through his accounts, yes we have pulled his credit report numerous times,” Abate said.

Mann is the founder of Sober Grid, an app designed to provide people suffering with substance abuse, with “easy access to private support at any time and at any stage of the recovery journey,” the app’s website states. The goal of the app is to help users “maintain their path to sobriety.”

When he was younger, Mann suffered from substance abuse issues and wanted to create a support system for people to stay clean and sober, Abate told Dateline.

This individual helped discover the remains of Beau Mann.

Sandra H. Eggers, who was a close friend of Beau released the following statement on Facebook:

“Unfortunately Beau has been found dead. Jason is devastated and is not up to posting. Pls send him your love and support. It seems his body was found in yard at last address he was dropped off at by Uber driver.  At the current moment, there are no further details. We will be investigating and keep you posted. Rest In Peace Beau. Your smile will always light us up. So many fond memories. You are missed and will always be remembered.”

Beau’s aunt, Rhonda Mann posted on Facebook:

“This is a very hard time for all of us. As Beau’s aunt, I wanted to send this statement from the family:

‘We were notified by the Santa Monica, California police this weekend that Beau’s remains were found in a grassy area about a mile from where an Uber dropped him off on November 30, 2021. His identity was confirmed through dental records. At this point, we have no further details on what led to his death.

We want to thank all of those who helped us search for him and who prayed for Beau’s safe return over the past year and a half. Beau was a beautiful soul who spent the better part of his life helping others. We miss his infectious smile and positive attitude every day. We know his spirit will live on through his company and passion, Sober Grid, as it continues to help those struggling with the grip of addiction.’”

Anyone with any details pertaining to this incident or person(s) involved is asked to contact SMPD Detective Ismael Tavera at 310-458-2256, Ismael.tavera@santamonica.gov, or the Watch Commander (24 hours) at 310-458-8427.

SMPD Conducting Driver’s License Checkpoint Friday May 5

May 2, 2023 ·

SANTA MONICA—The Santa Monica Police Department’s Traffic Unit will conduct a driving under the influence (DUI) Checkpoint on Friday, May 5, from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. at an undisclosed location within the city limits.

DUI checkpoint locations are determined based on data showing incidents of impaired driving-related crashes. The purpose of DUI checkpoints are to promote public safety by taking suspected impaired drivers off the road.

“Impaired drivers put others on the road at significant risk,” said Lieutenant Cody Green. “Any prevention measures that reduce the number of impaired drivers on our roads significantly improves traffic safety.”

The SMPD is committed to keeping the traveling public safe. The safety of our community is and always will be our mission. We are looking for impaired drivers because driving under the influence is dangerous and puts others on the road at risk.

The SMPD is alerting the public that impaired driving is not only alcohol. Some prescription medications and over-the-counter drugs may interfere with driving. While medicinal and recreational marijuana are legal, driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal.

Drivers charged with a first-time DUI face an average of $13,500 in fines and penalties, as well as a suspended license.

Funding for the program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Felony Assault Occurs At California Pizza Kitchen

April 24, 2023 ·

SANTA MONICA—Lt. Erika Aklufi of the Santa Monica Police Department indicated in an email to Canyon News that the department are investigating a felony assault that transpired at a California Pizza Kitchen on Thursday, April 20.

At approximately 7:43 p.m., the SMPD received a 911 call of an assault at the California Pizza Kitchen located at 210 Wilshire Boulevard. Patrol officers assigned to the Department’s Downtown Services Unit were on scene within two minutes.

In the outdoor seating area at the restaurant, officers found a table on its side and broken dishes and food on the floor. The victim of the attack was bleeding after suffering cuts on his hand. When authorities arrived, the suspect had already fled the scene.

The victim and several witnesses told officers that just a few minutes before, a male suspect, who was not known to the victim, without provocation approached the victim and his dining partner while they sat at their table, picked up two chairs, and slammed them on the table.

During the incident, the victim fell to the ground and cut his hand on broken dishware on the floor. The victim was taken to the hospital for treatment for the lacerations.

The suspect is described as White male, standing 5 foot and 8 inches tall and weighing 180-200 pounds. His age is unknown. He had a full beard, wearing a green or brown jacket, orange sweater, white undershirt, blue jeans, and blue framed glasses. No further details about the suspect has been disclosed to the public.

Anyone with information about the incident or person(s) involved is asked to contact SMPD Sergeant Goodwin during business hours at 310-458-8451, chad.goodwin@santamonica.gov, or the Watch Commander (24 hours) at 310-458-8427.

By Casey