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Librarian Stumbles into Homeless Man Who Was Nearly Murdered As Librarian Closes the Public Library in Ocean Park Santa Monica

In custody: Nathanael Roger Lavoie DOB: 04/15/83

Police have arrested a suspect for the attemp[ted murder of a homeless man. A librarian found the victim Wednesday night outside the public library in Ocean Park, as he closed the library. That Andrew Carnegie library is over 100 years old, and features a children's reading room. Due to Prop 47 and other progressive ideas that promote drug addiction and homelessness, it seems incongruous to have a reading room or a library at all in Santa Monica. But anyway, here's the press release from the SMPD:

Santa Monica, CA – On August 9, 2023, at about 8:09 a.m., patrol officers responded to the Ocean Park Branch of the Santa Monica Public Library regarding a Check the Status call for service. A library employee tried to wake up a homeless male at the front doors and discovered he was badly injured.

The victim, a 41-year-old male, was found with blunt force trauma to his face and a swollen forehead. The unconscious victim was transported via ambulance to a local hospital. He is currently listed in critical condition and is expected to survive.

At approximately 12:35 p.m., detectives investigating the incident spotted a person of interest who was loitering in the front of the library. Upon contact with the suspect, he became uncooperative and threatening in his behavior. Additional responding officers deployed a taser after the subject attempted to assault uniformed officers.

The suspect, who is homeless, was booked for attempted murder, felony battery on a police officer, giving false name to a police officer, and resisting arrest.

In custody: Nathanael Roger Lavoie DOB: 04/15/83

Anyone with information related to this crime or suspect are encouraged to contact the SMPD Investigations Division during business hours at (310) 458-8451 or the Watch Commander 24-hours at (310) 458-8427.


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