ALLEGEDLY CHALLENGED GROUNDSKEEPER TO FIGHT

A city groundskeeper in the 1400 block of Palisades Park told police at 10 a.m. Thursday, August 9th, that he saw a suspect urinating in public.

When the groundskeeper asked the suspect to stop, he allegedly became confrontational and walked up to the groundskeeper in a threatening manner, challenging him to fight.

As the suspect got closer, the groundskeeper held him down and was able to restrain him until police arrived.

The suspect was arrested and booked for challenging someone to fight, urinating in public and for being under the influence of a controlled substance.

BOOKED FOR KIDNAPPING, ROBBING TWO PEOPLE

A man and a woman in the 2500 block of the beach told police at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 11th, that they were walking on the beach at 2 a.m. when a suspect came up to them and showed them a security badge saying “private investigator.”

The suspect allegedly told them that he needed to search them for drugs or alcohol and then asked them to go with him in their car to the station.

The suspect then allegedly got in the driver’s seat of their vehicle and drove them to downtown Los Angeles, where he asked them to take $100 out of an ATM to “pay for a ticket.” They then got back on the freeway and the suspect drove them to Hollywood where he allegedly asked them to withdraw another $40 from an ATM.

The suspect then asked the man and woman to get out of the vehicle and drove away.

The victims reported the incident to police. County Sheriff’s Department deputies located the suspect driving the victims’ vehicle at 5:15 p.m. Sunday, August 12th, and arrested him.

The suspect was booked for kidnapping, robbery and carjacking.

BOOKED FOR ASSAULTING MAN ON THE PROMENADE

A man in the 1200 block of the Third Street Promenade told police at 9:15 a.m. Saturday, August 11th, that he was standing on the Promenade when a suspect began yelling and screaming at him because he thought the man was staring at him.

The suspect then walked up to the man and allegedly slapped him across the face, knocking his sunglasses on to the sidewalk.

The man called police, who arrested the suspect and booked him in Santa Monica Jail for assault and battery.

ALLEGEDLY BRANDISHED KNIFE IN RESTAURANT

Police were called to a fast-food restaurant in the 2000 block of Lincoln Boulevard at 11 p.m. Sunday, August 12th, regarding a report of a suspect brandishing a weapon.

Employees told police that a suspect was in the fast-food line looking at the menu when another man gave his order.

The suspect then became upset and began to yell at the cashier. The manager then took the suspect’s order but he continued to be disruptive toward the cashier.

The suspect was asked to leave and after he went to his car and returned to the restaurant, the suspect was allegedly holding a knife at his side and continued to make threatening comments.

The suspect was driving away as police arrived and was stopped in the 2500 block of Lincoln Boulevard.

Police arrested the suspect and booked him for displaying a weapon in a threatening manner.

BOOKED FOR HAVING STOLEN BIKE, STEREOS

Police were called to the 1550 beach parking lot at 3:25 a.m. Monday, August 13th, where two suspects had tried to sell car stereos out of a backpack.

Officers detained the suspects, one on a bicycle and the other holding the backpack with stereos.

The suspects told police different stories about where they got the stereos and the suspect on the bicycle told them that he found the bicycle abandoned on the pier.

After police determined that the items were reported stolen, they arrested the suspects and booked them for possession of stolen property.

— Compiled and written by Vince Echavaria

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