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Police Make Burglary, Assault Arrests Sunday

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By Lookout Staff

July 19, 2021 -- Santa Monica police on Sunday arrested a homeless man who allegedly stabbed a victim on the beach and in a separate incident caught two burglars stealing bicycles from a store on Main Street.

The stabbing took place at around 6:30 p.m. on the 1800 block of the beach, where officers responding to the scene met with the victim, who told them he had been stabbed in the back with an unknown object, police said.

Witnesses flagged down the officer and said the suspect was "waving a sharp object at people," said Lt. Rudy Flores, the Police Department spokesman.

Officers located the suspect -- identified as Timothy James Smith, a 32-year old homeless male -- a short distance away, but he "disobeyed the officer’s commands and fled from them," Flores said.

"At one point, Smith collided into a male and made a slashing motion at him, while holding the object," he said. "An officer then deployed his Taser.

"The Taser made contact with Smith, immediately immobilizing him, allowing officers to quickly take him into custody," Flores said.

Officers recovered the metal hinged compass used in the stabbing, and Smith was transported to a local hospital "for the injuries he sustained during his fall."

Police will present the District Attorney with charges for assault with a deadly weapon and resisting arrest.

Anyone with information about the incident should call Detective Murphy with the Criminal Investigations Division at 310-458-8941 or email or call the Santa Monica Police Department’s Watch Commander (24 hours) at 310-458-8427.

The burglary arrest took place after police responded to a call at around 5:30 a.m. from the owner of a bike store in the 2900 block of Main Street who was monitoring a burglary in progress via security cameras.

He reported "several subjects inside the store," said Sgt. Erika Aklufi.

Officers responding to the scene set up a perimeter and contacted one of the subjects, later identified as 19-year-old Sergio Garcia of Los Angeles, behind the store.

"Garcia was standing behind a sedan, unsuccessfully attempting to close the trunk of the vehicle with two bicycles sticking out," Aklufi said.

Another subject, identified as 25-year-old Chris Hernandez also of Los Angeles, was apprehended as he fled southbound down the alley west of Main Street.

"The suspects used a bolt cutter or other tool to defeat the store’s security gate and then smashed the window with a hammer to gain access," she said.

The suspects made off with three electric bikes, Aklufi said. Two of the bikes were recovered from the car and another was found in the alley "with the store tags still attached."

In the trunk of the vehicle officers also found an electric scooter the store manager said had been stolen earlier in the week in a separate burglary.

Garcia and Hernandez were arrested and transported to the Santa Monica Jail, where they were booked for burglary, possession of burglary tools and receiving stolen property.

Anyone with information about the incident should call the Criminal Investigations Division at 310-458-8451 or the SMPD’s Watch Commander (24 hours) at 310-458-8427.

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