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By Lookout Staff

June 1, 2022 -- Santa Monica police briefly chased and arrested two men after the strong arm robbery of a woman with a baby in Ocean Park Monday afternoon.

Police responded to a call at around 2:30 p.m. in the area of 3rd Street and Strand Street reporting that a man had taken the victim's purse by force.

He "then entered a nearby Ford Explorer and fled the scene," said Lt. Rudy Flores, the Police Department spokesman.

The officers responding to the call spotted a vehicle matching the description given by the witness and the direction in which it was traveling, Flores said.

The vehicle, occupied by two men, "failed to yield, and a short pursuit was initiated" before hitting an unoccupied car parked in the 2300 block of 14th Street, Flores said.

The driver, who was later identified as Roderick Thompson, "exited the vehicle and was immediately taken into custody," the said.

The passenger, later identified as Lavonte Montgomery, "ran from the vehicle, and entered the backyard of a residence in the 1300 block of Pine Street."

Police officers established a perimeter and took Thompson into custody without incident, Flores said.

They located the victim’s belongings inside the suspect vehicle, he said.

"Officers also learned from the victim that during the commission of the crime, Montgomery pushed the victim’s baby stroller with her 4-month-old inside it," Flores said. "The infant was not hurt."

Montgomery, 32, and Thompson, 35, both from Los Angeles, were taken to Santa Monica Jail and booked for robbery, delaying arrest and reckless driving and evading.

Montgomery was also booked for child cruelty and a parole violation, Flores said.

Anyone with any additional information about the incident should contact Detective Nicole Murphy at or 310-458-8941 or the Watch Commander (24 hours) at 310-458-8426.

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