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Woman Attacked on Main Street

By Lookout Staff

October 3, 2023 -- County prosecutors filed assault charges Tuesday against a repeat offender who attacked a woman riding her bicycle along Main Street Sunday night.
Brian Barry Clemons

The victim, who was riding an e-bike, and her friend, who was walking beside her, told responding officers the incident took place at about 8:40 p.m. as they were headed northbound on Main Street, police said.

They were passed by a man -- later identified as Brian Barry Clemens, 51, of Los Angeles -- "who was yelling incoherently in their direction," said Lt. Erika Aklufi, the Police Department spokesperson.

Left: Brian Barry Clemens (Photo courtesy SMPD)

"They crossed the street and were walking north across Ocean Park Boulevard when Clemens charged at the two women, knocking the victim off the bicycle, pinning her to the ground, and strangling her.

"A good Samaritan driving by interceded in the attack and scared the suspect away," Aklufi said.

Clemens later flagged down a passerby and asked him to call 9-1-1 for medical help, and the Santa Monica Fire Department (SMFD) transported him to the hospital, she said.

"When officers obtained a description of the suspect, they realized it was the same subject transported by SMFD," Aklufi said.

The officers responded to the hospital, placed Clemens under arrest and transported him to Santa Monica jail for booking, she said.

The victim suffered a leg injury as well as scrapes and bruises.

Clemens has prior arrests in California and out of state for being drunk in public and driving under the influence, police said.

The LA County District Attorney’s Office filed charges against him for assault with a deadly weapon and felony assault.

Anyone with information related to the incident should email Detective Tavera at, Detective Sergeant Gradle at or call the Watch Commander (24 hours) at 310-458-8427.

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