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Homeless, Insane Sex Offender Arrested for Attacking 3 Women on Santa Monica State Beach

The attacks were the latest in a series of crimes near Santa Monica Beach, perpetrated by homeless suspects.

A homeless man attacked no less than three women in a rampage Monday morning June 24th on Santa Monica State Beach. The first victim was a 17 year old girl in a bathing suit. Garrett attacked her and tried to drown her in the surf. A second woman, a homeless woman named Gena Wilker, attempted to assist the younger female. Garrett attacked Wilker, biting her ear.

In an interview with KTLA television, Wilker described Garrett. ”His eyes were devoid of humanity."

The suspect, Jawann Garrett, 31, is a convicted sex offender. Wilker added that she had seen him before, living on the beach and attempting to buy drugs. During the struggle, Garrett bit through Wilker's ear.

Garrett then attempted to drown a third woman, an elderly woman, who had been walking on the beach. Lifeguards and police intervened, arresting Garrett.

The attacks were the latest in a series of crimes near Santa Monica Beach, perpetrated by homeless suspects. On May 13th, a different homeless man grabbed a woman on the boardwalk and tried to rape her. On May 19th, another homeless man stabbed two German tourists on Appian Way, near the beach.

"We're frustrated, we're concerned. We're also looking for money for more police officers," Council member Lana Negrete told Fox 11 News.

According to the Santa Monica Police Department. Lt. Erika Aklufi said three victims were provided medical assistance at the scene, including an older woman and a 17-year-old, who was taken to a hospital.

Jenna Wilker, herself homeless, has been credited with stopping the attack on a 17 year old victim.

Police said a witness was attacked when she stepped in to help the 17-year-old girl. Jenna Wilker, who lives at the beach, said the teen was being choked near a lifeguard tower at about 9:30 a.m. Monday north of the Santa Monica Pier.

"It was like watching a predator go after prey," Wilker said. "He started strangling me. There were a couple of times where I didn't think I was going to survive. He bit my ear and tried to move my boxers out of place. Which is where I think it was sexually motivated.”

A lifeguard approached and the man ran, but then attacked a woman in her 70s, Wilker said.

"He grabbed her by her clothes, then threw her in the water and held her down by her hair," Wilker said.

The suspect was holding the woman's head down in the water when officers arrived, police said. His first court appearance was scheduled for Thursday.


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