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Man Arrested After Punching Santa Monica Senior Without Provocation
78-year-old assaulted on Wilshire Boulevard last week
By: smmirror   |  Email: smmirror

Paul Anthony Turner. Photo: Santa Monica Police Department.

Left: Lavonn Shawn Johnson. Right: Treyton Thomas Halfman. Photos: SMPD.

Left to right: Miguel Eduardo Barrientos, Rudy Leonel Barrios, Manzo Rangel. Photo: SMPD.

Man Arrested After Punching Santa Monica Senior Without Provocation

78-year-old assaulted on Wilshire Boulevard last week

By Sam Catanzaro

A man has been arrested for punching a senior in Santa Monica recently.

According to the Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD), the incident took place March 29 in the area of Wilshire Boulevard and 11th Street.

“SMPD Officers met with the victim, a 78-year-old male, who explained to them that he was walking down the street when a subject without any provocation or cause struck him in l the face with a closed fist,” the SMPD wrote in a press release.

According to the SMPD, the victim provided police a detailed description of the suspect and utilizing the information officers searched the surrounding area for the suspect and located Paul Anthony Turner, a 28-year-old Black male.

“Turner was identified by the victim and admitted to the assault before ultimately being placed under arrest,” the SMPD said.

On March 31 the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office filed one count of elder abuse and assault to produce great bodily injury against Turner. He is currently being held on a $50,000 bail at Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Downtown Los Angeles. He will appear in court on April 15.

In February Turner was arrested in Compton for an unspecified misdemeanor citation, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department records show.

Anyone with additional information pertaining to this incident is strongly encouraged to contact Detective Holloway with the Criminal Investigations Division 310-458-8934 or Santa Monica Department’s Watch Commander (24 hours) at 310-458-8427.



Couple Riding Scooters in Santa Monica Robbed at Gunpoint

Two suspects arrested in connection to March 30 incident

By Sam Catanzaro

Santa Monica officials have filed charges against two Wisconsin men connected to the armed robbery of a couple riding scooters on Ocean Avenue recently.

According to the Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD), on March 28 at around 10:53 p.m., officers were dispatched to the area of the 1700 block of Ocean Avenue to investigate a report of an armed robbery.

According to police, officers met with a couple who explained that they were riding scooters on Ocean Avenue, when they were accosted by three males.

“During their encounter, one of the males lifted his shirt and displayed what appeared to be a handgun in his waistband. Two of the suspects began to physically assault the male victim and at one point one of the suspects snatched the cellphone from the female victim and threw it to the ground, preventing her from calling for help,” said SMPD Lieutenant Rudy Flores

The suspects then fled the area, according to Flores, but officers shortly after located two of them. They were both identified by the victims as the suspects who assaulted them.

According to the SMPD, officers recovered a handgun with a high capacity magazine containing 15 rounds one one of the suspects, Lavonn Shawn Johnson. Officers later discovered he had a no-bail warrant from Wisconsin. Both subjects were taken into custody without incident.

On March 30, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office filed felony assault charges against the two suspects. Johnson, a 21-year-old man from Wisconsin was charged with one count of assault to commit great bodily injury, preventing someone from reporting a crime and possession of a loaded firearm. The other suspect, Treyton Thomas Halfman, a 21-year-old man from Wisconsin was charged with one count assault to commit great bodily injury.

Anyone with additional information pertaining to this incident is strongly encouraged to contact Detective Larios with the Criminal Investigations Division 310-458-8937 or Santa Monica Department’s Watch Commander (24 hours) at 310-458-8427.



Santa Monica Police Arrest Three Burglary Suspects

Three suspects arrested after tresspassing call last week

By Sam Catanzaro

Police recently arrested three suspects believed to be responsible for a string of burglaries in Santa Monica.

According to the Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD), on March 26 around 11:30 p.m., officers were dispatched to a trespassing call in the 500 block of Wilshire Blvd.

“As officers were investigating, they observed three subjects emerge from the building in question. Upon seeing the officers, the suspects immediately fled on foot, while trying to discard stolen property,” said SMPD Lieutenant Rudy Flores.

According to the SMPD, after a “short” foot pursuit, officers detained all three suspects without incident, in the 1200 block of 5th Street.

“The suspects were in possession of various burglary tools which included a hand saw, bolt cutters, channel lock pliers, screwdrivers, and master keys. Two of the suspects were also in possession of handheld two-way radios,” Flores said.

In a press release, the SMPD says officers believe these individuals were responsible for other burglaries in the area.

“Apparently these suspects match the description of suspects involved in a couple other burglaries that night. However it has not been confirmed,” the Flores wrote in a follow up email to the Mirror.

In addition, the SMPD noted all three suspects had prior theft-related arrests and convictions.

Suspect 1, Rudy Leonel Barrios, a 30-years-old from Los Angeles, was charged with burglary, possession of burglary tools, possession of methamphetamine, conspiracy and resisting arrest.

Suspect 2, Eduardo Manzo Rangel, a 23-years-old from Los Angeles, was charged with burglary, possession of burglary tools, conspiracy and resisting arrest.

Suspect 3, Miguel Eduardo Barrientos, a 32-year-old from Inglewood, was charged with burglary, possession of burglary tools, conspiracy, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest.

Man Arrested After Punching Santa Monica Senior Without Provocation
78-year-old assaulted on Wilshire Boulevard last week

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