SANTA MONICA CRIME WATCH
June 16, 2014
Running a stop sign on a bicycle leads to slew of charges
Santa Monica Police say officers conducted a traffic stop after a man failed to stop for posted stop sign while riding a bicycle. The incident happened on June 6 at about 3 in the afternoon. They say the officers asked the suspect Faraji Foster if they could search his backpack and he consented. Lawmen report they found debit cards in names other than his own. Authorities say they placed Foster under arrest for possession of a credit card with intent to defraud or sell and transported him to the Santa Monica Jail. Authorities say there they found another credit card in another name and a variety of tools known to be used in auto burglaries. Foster then was also charged with possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools, possession of an access card with intent to defraud and giving false information to a peace officer.
Self-confessed addict ends up in jail
Santa Monica police say officers on a routine patrol saw a man standing in front of the Holiday Motel, 1102 Pico Boulevard, who noticeably appeared to be under the influence of an illegal stimulant. It happened on June 5 at 3:45 in the afternoon. They say the suspect Sean Metteer was sweating profusely, smacking his lips and unable to stand still. Lawmen report when they asked him if he was "high right now" they say he replied, "I'm and addict." They say the man denied having drugs in his possession but after he consented to a search officers say they found a substance, which appeared to be crystal methamphetamine and a glass pipe commonly used to smoke drugs. Metteer was transported to Santa Monica Jail and booked for possession of methamphetamine and possession of a methamphetamine pipe.
Drunk woman ends up behind bars
Santa Monica Police say patrol officers working a foot beat on the Promenade responded to a call for assistance from the Santa Monica Fire Department on June 7 about 9pm. They say fire personnel were treating an intoxicated woman who fell in the courtyard of Santa Monica Place. Lawmen report the woman Erica Rodriguez was not injured so she was released to the responding officers. Authorities say officers smelled a strong odor of alcohol on her breath and when questioned, Rodriguez thought she had consumed three or four alcoholic beverages but could not remember what city she was in. Lawmen say due to the fact that she could not care for herself Rodriguez was arrested for public intoxication, and transported to Santa Monica Jail.