A homeless couple has received jail time and been ordered to stay away from parts of Venice after they were sentenced in an attack using a skateboard on two people last month, according to the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office.
Ashley Berg, 21, and Savoy Anderson, 33 were arrested in connection with the April 7 assault near Third Street and Rose Avenue in Venice, city attorney spokesman Frank Mateljan said. In recent weeks dozens of homeless people have been sleeping in the area after the city began enforcing an overnight curfew on the Venice Boardwalk.
The incident occurred when a man and a woman were walking to their parked car and were approached by Anderson, who began to verbally harass the woman, Mateljan said. During the argument, Berg, an alleged prostitute who is currently six months pregnant, attempted to hit the female victim with a skateboard, Mateljan said. As the male victim stepped in to defend her, he was hit in the face with the skateboard.
Anderson then began to punch the man and Berg began to punch the woman before fleeing the scene, Mateljan said. Both suspects were later located by police and were identified by the victims, he said.
Berg entered a no contest plea to one count of brandishing a weapon and was sentenced to 36 months of summary probation and time served in county jail, Mateljan said. As a result of this case, she was also sentenced to serve 90 days in county jail for violating her existing probations for prostitution, according to the city attorney.
Anderson entered a no contest plea to one count of battery and was sentenced to 36 months of summary probation and 30 days in county jail, Mateljan said. As a result of this case, Anderson was sentenced to serve an additional 30 days in county jail for violating his existing probation for resisting/delaying arrest.
A protective order against the defendants was issued for the victims in this case.
Berg and Anderson were also ordered to stay away from the area of Venice including Lincoln Boulevard (east), Pacific Ocean (west), Navy Street (north), and Washington Boulevard (south) for the duration of their probation, Mateljan said.