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Downtown Stabbing Marks Year's First Homicide

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By Jorge Casuso

June 22, 2021 -- A man was fatally stabbed in Downtown Santa Monica Monday evening, marking the city's first homicide this year.

Officers responding to a report of a shot fired on the 300 block of Broadway at around 7:30 p.m. found a man with a stab wound to the neck, police said.

Alexander Graves mugshot
Murder suspect Alexander Graves (Courtesy SMPD)

"Officers immediately began life saving measures before Santa Monica Fire Department personnel arrived on scene and transported the victim to a local hospital," said Lt. Rudy Flores, the Police Department spokesman.

The victim "succumbed to his injuries," Flores said.

Witnesses told the responding officers that an altercation had taken place near the Santa Monica Pier between a man and woman and the victim.

"They didn't know each other," Flores said. "There may have been some exchange of words. One party followed the other.

"At one point during this altercation, a shot was fired and a spent .45 cal casing was located," he said, adding that "it is unclear who fired that round."

Witnesses who were with the victim at the scene gave officers a description of both subjects and told them the direction they were headed in, Flores said.

Officers quickly established a perimeter, and the two subjects were stopped in the area of 6th Street and Santa Monica Boulevard, he said.

Jones of the Bay

Witnesses identified the subjects as the two involved, and they were taken into custody without incident, Flores said. Officers found a knife believed to be used by the suspect.

Sean Alexander Graves, a 28-year-old male from Long Beach, was booked for murder, police said. The female with Graves was interviewed then released.

There was one murder in Santa Monica last year, down from three in 2019, according to FBI crime statistics.

Anyone with any information pertaining to the incident should call Detective Haro with the Criminal Investigations Division at 310-458-8432 or the SMPD Watch Commander (24 hours) at 310-458-8427.

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