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By Lookout Staff

March 29, 2022 -- Los Angeles County prosecutors on Monday filed burglary charges against a homeless man accused of ransacking a home in the Pico Neighborhood last Thursday.

The incident took place at around 6:20 p.m. at a house in the 1800 block of Warwick Avenue, according to Lt. Rudy Flores, the Santa Monica Police Department spokesman.
Raymond H. Purnell

The resident told officers responding to a Hot Prowl Burglary "that she came home and confronted an unknown male standing in her living-room area, while holding a stick."

The officers "discovered the house was ransacked and located the window the suspect used to enter the residence," Flores said.

Officers searched the home but did not find the suspect, he said.

The resident provided a detailed description of the suspect, and a neighbor informed police that he saw a man matching the same description "jump off the roof, and run away from the residence," Flores said.

The witness pointed the officers in the direction the suspect had fled, and they detained a man matching the suspect’s description near 34th Street and Exposition Boulevard.

The victim and witness both identified Raymond H. Purnell, a 36-year old homeless man, "as the suspect found inside the residence then seen running away," Flores said.

Purnell was arrested and transported to the Santa Monica Jail.

"Officers located miscellaneous cards belonging to one of the residents on Purnell’s person," Flores said.

Five of the seven homeless individuals whose arrests the Police Department has announced this year were booked for burglary, according to a review by The Lookout.

The other two arrests involved a stabbing and an assault, according to police.

Anyone with any additional information concerning the incident should call Detective Chabot at 310-458-2201 ext. 6679 or the Watch Commander (24 hours) at 310-458-8426.


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