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  • BREAKING NEWS: Three Cars Involved in Traffic Collision With a Pedestrian at 14th Street and Wilshire Blvd

    Matthew Gonzalez, Observer Staff Writer|Sep 25, 2023

    9/20/223: A 3 vehicle collision involving a pedestrian shuts down Wilshire at 14th Street on Wednesday afternoon. The pedestrian was transported to a local hospital, with unknown injuries. Santa Monica Police issued the following alert at 3 pm: SMAlert | SMPD Advisory: Until further notice, please avoid the area of WILSHIRE and 14TH due to police activity. For more info https://evbg.co/ucprgq The alert was secured at 5:30 pm PST....

  • The Daily Santa Monica Crime and Drug Video - June 14, 2024

    Santa Monica Coalition|Jun 14, 2024
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    Santa Monica's City Council thinks the city is just fine. One councilmember called the homeless residents our neighbors, their wants and desires equivalent to those of people who pay rent and pay taxes. The 'freedom' of some, most of whom suffer from drug addiction and mental illness, to live in filth, disease and to commit crimes with impunity, is valued over the ability of the rest of society to live healthy lives in law and order. Watch the videos shot and distributed by the Santa Monica...

  • Police Arrest Homeless Illegal Immigrant Who Stabbed Three German Tourists in Santa Monica Parking Structure 7.

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|May 24, 2024
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    A homeless man was was on probation for theft, stabbed 3 tourists in the 1500 Block of 4th Street, in front of Parking Structure 7. Two victims suffered stab wounds, one remains in critical but stable condition; the third victim was assaulted with no major injuries, Santa Monica police said in a statement. Police performed CPR on the first victim while other officers searched for Cedeno. He was detained and arrested after a brief search. The two individuals who were stabbed have been identified...

  • Recognize the Latest Scams

    US Bank|Mar 18, 2024

    Keep your money and personal data safe from these scams: A fake bank representative You're contacted by someone pretending to be your bank. They may ask you to transfer money to yourself or ask you to pay a fee to avoid an urgent negative action. A false government official A scammer says they’re from a local, state or federal government agency, like the IRS calling about tax debt relief. They say you’ll miss out on some government benefit or that something bad will happen if you don’t do what...

  • Big Blue Bus Institutes Unarmed "Safety Officers"

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|Mar 18, 2024

    March 1, 2024 - Big Blue Bus, the bus line that operates in Santa Monica, announced they will be deploying "safety officers" on high-traffic routes and selected bus stops. The "friendly, contracted officers" will be unarmed. Despite the lack of weapons, Big Blue Bus claims the officers will be able to "educate" riders about the bus company's code of conduct and "ensure adherence." The company says the introduction of the safety officers is one of several initiatives to help riders feel...

  • Yesterday's Daily Santa Monica Crime and Drug Video - February 6, 2024

    Santa Monica Coalition|Feb 5, 2024

    Santa Monica's City Council thinks the city is just fine. One councilmember called the homeless residents and neighbors, their wants and desires equivalent to those of people who pay rent and pay taxes. The 'freedom' of some, most of whom suffer from drug addiction and mental illness, to live in filth, disease and to commit crimes with impunity, is valued over the ability of the rest of society to live healthy lives in law and order. Watch the videos shot and distributed by the Santa Monica...

  • Girls, Beware of Homeless Men When Walking on Barrington Avenue Between Santa Monica Blvd and Iowa in West LA

    Yuka Fujiu, Nextdoor|Feb 2, 2024
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    Girls, beware when walking down Barrington between Iowa and Santa Monica Blvd!!! It happened to me on Barrington, right at the bus stop near the south east corner of Santa Monica Blvd. There was a huge pile of clothings blocking the pavement. When I somehow tried to pass the point, a homeless man over there looked at me and bumped into me. I instinctively moved to the side to avoid it and said "Hey". He then became confrontational and tried to follow me yelling "Hey what? Hey what?". Our...

  • Santa Monica Fire Dept Rescues Driver in Vehicle Hanging Off Edge of Parking Structure

    Matthew Gonzalez, Observer Staff Writer|Jan 11, 2024

    The SMFD rescued a driver Wednesday, after the driver crashed his SUV through a wall. The SUV was visible to pedestrians on the street below. Santa Monica Fire Department and Santa Monica Police Department responded to reports of a vehicle hanging off of a parking structure connected to Saint John's Hospital, located at 2021 Santa Monica Blvd. When first responders arrived on the scene, they located the vehicle over the 2nd floor of the structure, hanging towards the first floor of the parking...

  • Christmas Eve Stabbing on Santa Monica Blvd and 14th Street Involves Two Tenants Who Knew Each Other.

    Matthew Gonzalez, Observer Staff Writer|Dec 28, 2023

    On Sunday, December 24, around 11:40 pm, Santa Monica Police and Fire responded to reports of an assault on the 1300 block of 14th Street. When the first officer arrived, they reported that a person was stabbed and relayed that information to the fire department. It is believed that the victims knew the suspect as it occurred in a unit at an apartment complex. There is no known motive for the stabbing at this time, and the suspect is believed to have been under the influence of a substance when...

  • Attacker of Beverly Hills Jewish Couple Hit with Charges that Could Lead to a Life Sentence

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|Dec 21, 2023

    December 13, 2023 - Charges have been brought against a man accused of attacking an elderly Jewish couple on their way to synagogue in Beverly Hills. Jarris Jay Silagi, 44, of Los Angeles was charged yesterday by the Los Angeles County District Attorney with one count of attempted second-degree robbery; one count of elder or dependent adult abuse, infliction of injury; one count of assault with a deadly weapon; and two counts of assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury....

  • Carjacker Held Six Hostage for an Hour, Making Them Drive Him Around Santa Monica and Also Assaulting and Robbing Them - And Ends up Subdued By Them

    Alyssa Erdley, News with Attitude|Nov 22, 2023

    November 16, 2023 - It took over a week, but the Santa Monica Police are now telling us about their arrest of a carjacking and kidnapping situation that occurred in Santa Monica on November 7. As it turns out, it was the six carjacked victims who subdued the suspect, Adrian Jose Dugas, 24 and homeless and then called the police at 10:30 pm to come pick up their tormentor. According to the victims, Dugas approached them as they were returning to their vehicle in Parking Structure 8 (Santa Monica...

  • Teacher Attacked by 270 Pound "Boy" Last Summer Wants Brendan Depa to Incur the Maximum Sentence

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer|Nov 22, 2023

    The Florida teacher who was beaten unconscious by a 270 pound teen reportedly wants "no mercy" for her attacker. She says she has been living off donations. The victim, Joan Naydich, says her whole life has been turned upside down and she wants the maximum sentence of 30 years behind bars for her attacker Brendan Depa. Brendan Depa viciously beat Noan Naydich in 2023 after she took away his Nintendo. Brendan Depa faces up to 30 years in prison for the brutal beating. His sentence will be...

  • Hammer Hitter David Depape Found Guilty in Federal Court of Assault on Paul Pelosi, and Attempted Kidnapping of Nancy Pelosi

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Nov 20, 2023

    In an expected verdict, David Depape was found guilty of attempting to murder Paul Pelosi, Nancy's Pelosi's husband, on October 30, 2022. A federal jury in San Francisco unanimously found David DePape, the man accused of assaulting Paul Pelosi with a hammer, guilty of two federal charges: attempted kidnapping of a federal official and assault on the immediate family of a federal official. Depape wandered through left wing and right wing conspiracy theories online. Depape testified that he hiked...

  • Local Professor Shoots Climate Activists Blocking the Pan American Highway in Panama

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Nov 17, 2023

    A local lawyer and professor reportedly shot 2 climate protestors blocking The Pan American highway in Panama Wednesday. The Pan American Highway is a 19,000 mile road, goes from Alaska to Argentina. The protests are causing $80M/day losses to business and shuttered schools across the country for a week. Reportedly, the shooter is 77, a lawyer and a professor. A 77-year-old man shot dead two environmental protesters on Wednesday in an apparent outburst of rage over a roadblock in Panama....

  • Serial Prowler and Sex Offender Arrested North of Montana by SMPD

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|Nov 13, 2023

    November 10, 2023 - A homeless man who is also a parolee at large and out-of-compliance sex offender has been arrested by the Santa Monica Police Department after getting caught by private security officers trying to gain entry to a home in the 200 block of 24th Street. At 3:27 am, SMPD responded to a call from two off-duty outside agency law enforcement officers who were providing security services for the homeowner. They had observed a prowler in the backyard trying to get into the house. The...

  • SMPD Arrests Meth Heads With Stolen Copper Wire and Drug Paraphenelia

    Observer Staff|Nov 6, 2023

    The following is a press release from the Santa Monica Police Department: In the early morning hours of Monday, October 23, 2023, SMPD officers on patrol stopped a vehicle for a stop sign violation at the intersection of 12th Street and Montana Ave. Officers could see a methamphetamine pipe in the vehicle on the driver side floorboard and a large amount of copper wire in the backseat. Officers recovered over 500 feet of copper wire along with additional drug paraphernalia. Three suspects were...

  • Suspicious Death of Homeless Man Found at 15th Street and Santa Monica Blvd.

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Oct 28, 2023

    Santa Monica Police have recovered the body of a deceased homeless man South of Santa Monica Blvd on 15th Street. Police and Fire fighters worked 15th Street between SM Blvd and Broadway. 15th Street was closed all day while they investigated. The homeless man was apparently known by local residents, the way some homeless people are, as “Kenny.” Santa Monica Police say they will release more details next week. The death is being investigated as a homicide. "We always treat suspicious deaths as...

  • The Daily Santa Monica Crime and Drug Video - October 26, 2023

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|Oct 26, 2023

    Santa Monica's City Council thinks the city is just fine. One councilmember called the homeless residents and neighbors, their wants and desires equivalent to those of people who pay rent and pay taxes. The 'freedom' of some, most of whom suffer from drug addiction and mental illness, to live in filth, disease and to commit crimes with impunity, is valued over the ability of the rest of society to live healthy lives in law and order. Watch the videos shot and distributed by the Santa Monica...

  • Shani Louk's Mother Asks for the Public Help in Finding Her. She Was Last Seen Naked on the Back of a Pickup Truck in Gaza

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Oct 18, 2023
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    The mother of Shani Louk, the 32 year old woman whose body was seen on video in the back of a pick-up truck driven by Palestinian terrorists to Gaza, released a statement earlier today. Speaking in German while displaying Shani's picture on her phone, Ricarda Louk appealed for help to find her daughter. She confirmed she had seen her daughter on the video and asked the public for help with more information. She displayed her daughter's identity papers, which indicated her nationality is German....

  • One of the Hamas Killers and Rapists of Shani Louk has been Identified by Social Media Photos: Mahmoud Abourjila

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Oct 18, 2023

    One of the Hamas operatives who murdered a German-Israeli girl and paraded her naked body around Gaza on the back of a truck, has been identified. Reportedly, his google phone was hacked abroad. Update 11.16.23: https://www.smobserved.com/story/2023/11/17/news/idf-kills-terrorist-who-paraded-shani-louks-naked-body-through-the-streets-of-gaza-on-october-7th/7924.html "This is the power of the internet," tweeted Visegrad 24, a Lithuanian news source. "We have identified a murderer. This is Mahmoud...

  • Los Angeles Metro Transit is a Public Hazard

    John Alle, Santa Monica Coalition|Oct 12, 2023

    John Alle of the Santa Monica Coalition investigated the LA Metro Exposition line at night over summer of 2022. Hear and see what he experienced....

  • Missing Person with Dementia: George Payan, 84-year-old Hispanic Man

    LA County Sheriff|Oct 10, 2023

    Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Missing Persons Unit investigators are asking for the public's help locating At Risk Missing Person George Payan. He is an 84-year-old male Hispanic who was last seen on Friday, September 29, 2023, at 4:00 p.m., on the 4900 block of 6th Street in the city of Los Angeles. George is 5'06" tall, 160 lbs.,gray/black hair, brown eyes and has an arched back. He was last seen wearing a blue shirt, blue jeans, and black shoes. Mr. Payan suffers from Dementia. His...

  • Murder Caught On Tape: Justice Reform Advocate Ryan Carson Murdered by Lunatic while Waiting for a Bus in New York City

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Oct 7, 2023

    Update, 10/4/23: Police say the suspect is a man named “Brian” who works at a school in the area. A young black woman who apologized to Carson’s girlfriend immediately after the stabbing, was apparently with the suspect that evening. NYPD continues to search for the suspect, who was arrested for disorderly conduct last year. 2 months ago, a relative tried to get “Brian” detained for mental disorders. Justice Reform Advocate Ryan Carson was apparently murdered by a schizophrenic man while wai...

  • First Citizens Bank Robbed Friday; SMPD and FBI Seek Information From the Public

    Observer Staff|Oct 5, 2023

    The Santa Monica Police Department along with the FBI are asking the public's help identifying a bank robber. The robbery happened around 9:25 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 22, at First Citizens Bank at 1630 Montana Avenue. FBI Los Angeles posted several photos of the suspect on X, formerly known as Twitter, which show a person wearing a jean jacket and a facemask. Investigators said after the robbery, the suspect fled in a black BMW X5 SUV, which was featured in the series of photos. Anyone who...

  • Outspoken Anti-Crime Advocate John Alle Beaten, Seriously Injured in Palisades Park

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Sep 25, 2023

    John Alle is the man who put up the now famous sign saying "Santa Monica is Not Safe" on Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade. Tuesday at 3 pm he was beaten in Palisades Park. The assailant broke Alle's jaw in two places, gave him a concussion and broke two of his teeth. Authorities transported Alle to the emergency at Ronald Reagan/UCLA Medical Center. Alle says that he was walking North within Palisades Park, North of the Camera Obscura. He came across two men. Alle is not sure whether the...

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