John Hautz, an 88-year-old white man, died Monday, Jan. 1, after sustaining traumatic injuries in the 2300 block of 34th Street in Santa Monica, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
A neighbor called Santa Monica Police about 1 p.m. and said Hautz appeared to be unconscious in his home. Officers found Hautz with multiple injuries as well as a rope around his body, according to a police department news release.
Hautz was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:15 p.m., according to coroner’s records. Inside the house, police discovered an opened bedroom window with the screen removed.
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Jorge Luis Chan, a 52-year-old Asian man, was fatally shot Friday, Aug. 4, near Main Street and Strand Street in Santa Monica, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
About 6:30 p.m., Santa Monica police received multiple calls about a shooting, according to a news release. Upon arriving, officers found Chan suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Chan was transported to a hospital, where he died at 7:16 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
As officers searched the area near 3rd Street and Hollister Avenue, they found Christopher Charles Davis, 46, who matched the description of the shooter. Davis had a handgun and pointed the weapon at police, authorities said.
Several other officers arrived and confronted Davis, which led to an exchange of gunfire. Davis was struck and taken into custody. He later was transported to a hospital, where was treated for his wounds ...
Gerardo Martin Vasquez, a 52-year-old Latino, was shot and killed by California Highway Patrol officers on Monday, Feb. 6, in the 3300 block of Pico Boulevard in Santa Monica, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
CHP officers were called to the eastbound 10 Freeway near the Centinela Avenue exit about 12:20 a.m. regarding a man running on the freeway, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza.
The officers spotted a man -- later identified as Vasquez -- running near the center divider with a knife in his hand, Mendoza said. “It was like a folding knife in an open position, so all you could see was the blade,” he said.
The CHP halted traffic on the freeway, and Vasquez ran onto the embankment to Pico Boulevard, returned to the freeway and then ran back up on Pico to a walkway between two commercial buildings ...
Kris Malcolm Anderson, a 57-year-old white man, died Sunday, June 12, after he was struck in the head and torso in the 1300 block of 5th Street in Santa Monica, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Anderson was found unconscious on 5th Street about 5 p.m. Saturday, June 11, with “substantial head trauma” and stab wounds, according to a news release from the Santa Monica Police Department.
He was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead at 4:40 a.m., from blunt force trauma to his head and torso, and a stab wound to his face, according to coroner’s records.
About an hour before Anderson was found, he had been involved in a scuffle at the Santa Monica Pier, where a Navy SEAL named Theo Andrew Krah accused him to taking inappropriate photos of young girls, The Times reported ...
Rudell James Jr., a 35-year-old black man, was fatally stabbed Tuesday, April 5, in the 1500 block of 5th Street in Santa Monica, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
About 4:31 a.m., Santa Monica police received a noise complaint at an apartment, said Lt. Saul Rodriguez. Officers arrived and found James in the apartment with stab wounds.
James was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 5:27 a.m., according to coroner’s records.
Detectives are still trying to determine why James was stabbed, but believe the incident was the result of a disagreement.
Originally, police arrested the man who lived inside the apartment in connection with the crime, but the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office declined to file charges, Rodriguez said.
On May 3, Delshone Tyrrell Busby, a 27-year-old black man, was charged with one count of murder with ...
John Christopher Footman, a 45-year-old black male, died from head injuries Wednesday, July 15, after he was assaulted at the corner of Olympic Boulevard and 9th Street in Santa Monica, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Santa Monica police received a call about a possible assault early in the morning of July 14, according to a department news release. Officers found Footman lying on the ground, unconscious and bleeding from head wounds.
Footman was taken to UCLA Medical Center in Westwood, where a CT scan revealed he had facial fractures and brain hemorrhages, according to coroner’s records. He was pronounced dead the following day in the hospital's intensive care unit at 3:10 p.m.
Coroner’s records listed Footman as a transient. He lived around Santa Monica, according to the news release.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to ...
Marcela Franco, a 26-year-old Latina, died Saturday, June 8, at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, one day after she was shot and wounded in rampage that left four others and the gunman dead in Santa Monica. Her family was by her side when she died.
[Correction: An earlier version of the post incorrectly stated that Franco died on Sunday, June 9. According to coroner's records, Franco died on June 8 at 11:27 a.m.]
Franco and her father, Carlos Navarro Franco, 68, were together in a car in a parking lot of Santa Monica College when the gunman, identified by police John Zawahri, 23, opened fire on them. Her father, a groundskeeper for the school, died at the scene.
Marcela, who wanted to be a clinical psychologist, had just enrolled for summer classes at the school. When her main college, Cal State Dominguez Hills, couldn't provide the ...
John Samir Zawahri, a 23-year-old white man, was shot and killed by police on Friday, June 7, after he went on a shooting rampage in Santa Monica that left five people dead, including his father and brother.
Santa Monica police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks said police found replica weapons and zip guns during a search of his home. She also said the state Department of Justice denied him a firearm in 2011.
"He had an affinity for weapons," Sgt. Richard Lewis said.
Authorities say Zawahri first killed his father, Samir, 55, and older brother, Christopher, 25, at their Santa Monica home before carjacking a motorist and forcing her at gunpoint to drive him to the campus.
Along the way he fired on other vehicles, including a sedan, a bus and a sport -utility vehicle carrying Santa Monica College groundskeeper Carlos Franco, 68, and his daughter, Marcela, 26. Both died.
Gomez walked through the Santa Monica College campus each morning and afternoon, collecting cans and other recyclables to help pay the bills. She didn’t have much money, but friends said she regularly saved some of the change she got for her cans and gave it to charity.
Her apartment was across the street from the school, where she was a familiar face.
The 68-year-old usually didn’t check the college for recyclables on Fridays, her son said. But she was outside the library the day authorities say John Zawahri, 23, carried a semi-automatic rifle onto campus and opened fire, striking Gomez before going inside the building. She was taken to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, where she died Friday afternoon ...
Franco, a groundskeeper at Santa Monica College, was at the campus with his 26-year old daughter Marcela Franco when John Zawahri, 23, opened fire on their SUV. Franco died at the scene. His daughter died at a hospital two days later.
Zawahri was killed by police during a confrontation in the college's library.
“Carlos was truly a family man,” Santa Monica College President Chui L. Tsang wrote in a letter to the campus community. “He was a dedicated husband and father and an integral part of the Santa Monica College family. His dedicated work to the campus grounds was enjoyed by students and visitors for two decades. He will be sorely missed.”
Police said the 10-minute rampage began just before noon Friday at a ...