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Police Arrest Suspect in Santa Monica's Second Homicide of Year
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By Jorge Casuso

June 16, 2016 -- Police on Tuesday reported the arrest of a member of the U.S. Navy in the beating and stabbing death of a Santa Monica resident this weekend.

Theo Andrew Krah, 28, of San Diego was taken into custody in the San Diego County area and booked on homicide charges Monday by Santa Monica police detectives, said SMPD Lt. Saul Rodriguez.

Several news outlets on Wednesday identified Krah as a Navy SEAL, but Rodriguez would only confirm that the suspect is "an active military member with the Navy."

Krah is being held on $2 million bail, police said.

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The name of the victim -- a white male in his 50s -- has not been released.

It is Santa Monica's second homicide this year.

Rodriguez said Krah’s arrest stemmed from a call by the City’s fire department to police regarding a “subject down” last Saturday at about 5 p.m. on the 1300 block of 5th Street.

The block is a sparely developed stretch that includes several parking lots and a parking structure.

The victim, unresponsive and suffering substantial head trauma, was rushed to a local hospital and died of his injuries at about 4:40 the next morning, the SMPD said.

An investigation revealed the victim had been involved in a fight with Krah that took place approximately one hour earlier on the Santa Monica Pier, Rodriguez said.

"No one desired prosecution," Rodriguez said.

"Prior to the altercation, from what I know, they didn't know each other," he said.

Rodriguez declined to state how the men met at the scene of the second altercation, saying the investigation is ongoing.

Santa Monica’s first homicide of 2016 occurred two blocks south of the site of Saturday's homicide.

On April 5, police found a 35-year-old man stabbed to death in the middle of the afternoon inside an apartment at Step Up on 5th, in the 1500 block of 5th Street. The 46-unit building provides housing for those experiencing chronic homelessness, mental health issues and addictions.

No one has been charged in the case ("First Santa Monica Hmicide of the Year Remains Unsolved," May 2, 2016).

Anyone with information regarding Saturday's incident is asked to contact Detective Daniel Larios (310) 458-8937 or Sgt. Maury Sumlin (310) 458-8437 during normal business hours or the SMPDD (24 hours) at (310) 458-8495.

Niki Cervantes contributed to this report.

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