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Two Stabbed in Park Across from City Hall
By Lookout Staff
May 9, 2022 -- Three juveniles and a 19-year old were arrested and two victims hospitalized after a fight over the theft of a cell phone broke out in Tongva Park Friday afternoon.
The incident began at around 1:45 p.m. when a "large group of juveniles," both male and female, confronted a man who appeared to be homeless man lying on a park bench, Santa Monica police said.
"One of the young males grabbed a cellphone out of (the victim's) hand, then ran," said Lt. Rudy Flores, the Police Department spokesman.
Another male juvenile then "brandished a knife" and threatened the victim before the group fled the area, Flores said.
A short time later, the victim saw one of the female juveniles involved in the robbery sitting at the east end of the park, according to Flores.
The victim "confronted her and took her cellphone as leverage to get his phone back," Flores said.
The large group returned to assist her and "became involved in a physical altercation" with the victim.
During the fight, the victim and another male who tried to intervene were both stabbed, Flores said.
The Fire Department responded to he scene and transported both victims to a local hospital with non-life threatening wounds, he said.
Several juveniles were detained and interviewed, and multiple knives were recovered, according to police.
Police arrested a male juvenile and booked him for robbery and assault with a deadly weapon, Flores said. Another male juvenile was booked for robbery.
A female juvenile also was arrested for robbery," he said. All three were taken to the juvenile center on Eastlake Avenue in Los Angeles.
One adult male, identified as Joseph Zachariah Theus, a 19-year-old from Los Angeles, was booked for providing false ID to police, Flores said. He was cited and released.
Anyone with additional information about this incident should call Detective Haro at 310-458-8432 or the Watch Commander (24 hours) at 310-458-8426.
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