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By Matthew Gonzalez
Observer Staff Writer 

Homeless Man Stabs a City of Santa Monica Custodian in Palisades Park

Police arrested a suspect identified by a Downtown Ambassador

 

March 17, 2023

File photo by Mary Leipziger

Ambassador near the beach. Individuals pictured were not involved in the incident described in this article.

A homeless man stabbed a downtown SM Custodian in Palisades Park Wednesday morning, 8:15 am PST, 3/15/23. The victim was said to be in good condition. He was transported to Ronald Reagan Medical Center at UCLA, which is the nearest trauma hospital to Santa Monica.

The SMPD posted the following on their Instagram account on 3.16.23:

The Santa Monica Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division (CID), in conjunction with the Special Operations Division, has identified and arrested a suspect involved in a felony assault that occurred yesterday morning.


On March 15, 2023, at approximately 8:15 AM, patrol officers responded to a 911 call from a Downtown Ambassador who reported a subject down in Palisades Park near the Camera Obscura. Arriving officers located a City of Santa Monica employee who had been stabbed in the upper torso when he attempted to rouse an individual sleeping in the area. The suspect fled the area prior to officers' arrival. The victim was transported by the Santa Monica Fire Department to a local hospital for treatment of a non-life-threatening injury.


This morning, CID detectives were able to identify a possible suspect and at approximately 1100 hours officers located and arrested him. In custody for aggravated assault: Barna, Allen Cranford DOB: 10/6/1982

 

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