Santa Monica police arrested a 32-year-old Santa Monica man Friday, June 6th, in connection to the stabbing of a woman inside her apartment on 12th Street in late April.
Michael Thomas Gargiulo was arrested after Santa Monica Police Department detectives and forensic specialists located DNA evidence at the scene that was processed and identified him as a possible suspect, Lt. Daniel Salerno said.
The incident occurred at about 11:45 p.m. April 28th, at an apartment complex in the 1200 block of 12th Street, where a woman was home alone when she was awakened by a male suspect who was allegedly armed with a knife and attacked her, Salerno said.
The woman fought with the suspect and was stabbed several times during the struggle before the suspect fled on foot, Salerno said. Detectives believe the suspect entered the victim’s residence through a partially opened window.
The victim was transported to a local hospital where she was treated and released.
Police detectives and forensic specialists processed the crime scene and located DNA evidence, which was processed through the state’s DNA database and identified Gargiulo as a suspect, Salerno said.
Investigators located the suspect and arrested him June 6th. Gargiulo is being held on $1.1 million bail, police said.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office is expected to arraign Gargiulo on the charges of attempted willful deliberate, and premeditated murder and burglary, Salerno said.
He was scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday, June 10th, at the Superior Court Airport Courthouse.