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By David Ganezer
Observer Staff Writer 

Stabbing Death at Main Santa Monica Public Library After Altercation Between Two Homeless Men

Police Arrest One Homeless Man for Stabbing and Killing Another Homeless Man at Santa Monica Public Library Friday

 

August 3, 2022

John Alle

Homeless men sleeping in the N Courtyard of Santa Monica Public Library in downtown Santa Monica

7/31: Santa Monica Police announced today that they have arrested a suspect in the stabbing death of a homeless man at the Santa Monica Public Library. The stabbing occurred in the North Courtyard of the library, rather than inside the building itself. The North Courtyard is immediately next to the main entrance to the library.

The Suspect is Quade Larry Colbert, 34. The SMPD press release, written by Lt. Erika Aklufi, SMPD public information officer, reads as follows:

Quade Larry Colbert, 34, is a suspect in the stabbing death of another homeless guy, while both were hanging out at the public libary

On July 29, 2022, at approximately 7:18 p.m., in the north courtyard of the Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd, the victim was speaking with the above-pictured individual when the suspect brandished a knife and stabbed the victim twice. The suspect fled prior to officers' arrival. The victim succumbed to his injuries at the scene. Both victim and suspect are homeless. The Santa Monica Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division coordinated patrol and detectives in an around-the-clock search, ultimately identifying and arresting COLBERT on Sunday, July 31st.

SMPL was constructed in 2006 at a cost of $25 million. Residents have complained that authorities have allowed homeless people to dominate the public library all day, every day. It is unclear why the City government built a homeless shelter, filled it with books and called it a library but for some reason, that's what happened. A handful of librarians work downstairs, answering questions should the homeless population in the library have a question about Moby Dick or the Dewey Decimal System.

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