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Suspect Arrested After Robbing Woman in Upscale Santa Monica Neighborhood


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June 18, 2018 -- A robbery suspect was chased down and arrested after snatching a cell phone from a woman walking her dog in an upscale Santa Monica neighborhood Sunday afternoon, police said.

The incident took place on the 700 block of Alta Avenue shortly before 2 p.m. when the suspect walked past the victim and forcibly grabbed her cell phone, said Lt. Saul Rodriguez, the Police Department spokesman.
Darnell Manuel booking photoDarnell Manuel booking photo (Courtesy SMPD)

When he began running, "numerous passersby" began chasing the suspect, who pushed two of his pursuers away, Rodriguez said.

"Ultimately, a motorist driving in the area exited his car and restrained the suspect on the ground until officers arrived," he said.

The victim sustained several scratches on her hand that did not require medical treatment, Rodriguez said.

The suspect was identified as Darnell Manuel, an 18-year-old resident of Inglewood.

He was booked for robbery and is being held at SMPD Jail on $50,000 bail.

SMPD Detectives will present the case Tuesday to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office-Airport Division for filing consideration.

There were 241 incidents of robbery reported in Santa Monica last year, a 28 percent increase from 2016, according to police and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) statistics.

The incidents were part of a trend that saw violent crime in Santa Monica jump almost 50 percent in 2017 over the previous year, reaching its highest level in two decades ("Violent Crime in Santa Monica Jumps Almost 50 Percent to Reach Highest Level in Two Decades," May 14, 2018).

Anyone with additional information should call Detective Elias at (310) 458-8943; or SMPD at (310) 458-8491.


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