Crime/Accident Roundup in Pacific Palisades

“HOMELESS PEDESTRIAN STRUCK,” ran in Musings on August 9: “Around noon on Monday, August 9, a homeless individual was struck by a vehicle on PCH at Sunset. LAFD responded and the individual was transported to the hospital. The driver that hit him, pulled over and told the officer he just ran in front of the car in the middle of the highway. His condition is unknown. LAPD officers on the scene believe the individual may have been under the influence of drugs.”

Rosalie Huntington, who was on her way to an appointment, snapped the following photo. One can see the white car with the smashed passenger-side front windshield. It is believed that one of the people in the photo is the driver, who instantly pulled over, and the other people may be eyewitnesses.

This was the scene after a pedestrian was hit at Sunset Boulevard and PCH.
Photo: Rosalie Huntington


Homeless Man Arrested on Will Rogers Bike Path

The transient was swinging this wrench at walkers and bikers.

A known homeless man was arrested on August 11 for swinging a wrench at people walking and riding their bikes on the bike path along Will Rogers beach. Several people called 911. Sharon Kilbride, co-president of the Pacific Palisades Task Force on Homelessness, called Officer John “Rusty” Redican. The transient was apprehended near Patrick’s Roadhouse.

“Thank god Rusty was on duty,” Kilbride said, “and we got this man off the streets.”

This appears to be the same transient who has been squatting in vacant homes in Santa Monica Canyon. He had previously been cited for sleeping on private property on Vance Street.

Officer “Rusty” Redican stopped the transient from hurting people walking near him.


The latest West L.A. crime report covers August 1 to 7. Brian Espin, the new Senior Lead Officer for Pacific Palisades, is on vacation for August. His substitute, Officer Jose Bermudez, can be reached at (


August 4, 3:45 p.m., in the 1400 block of Chautauqua Boulevard, the suspect entered an unlocked window, removed jewelry and money. The suspect fled when he was confronted by the victim.


Three were recorded on the crime map, but no addresses, days or times were given. One involved a window smash, another was unknown how the criminal accessed the car and the third involved a stolen license plate.


There was a package theft at a residence on Sunset Boulevard, and a shoplift reported near PCH and Sunset – no addresses, days or times were given.



A July 31 Crime Report from West Los Angeles noted that there was an aggravated assault at Santa Monica and Wellesley at a 7-11 at 2:05 a.m.. There was an altercation between the suspect and four youths in the store that continued to the parking lot. Once in the parking lot, the suspect armed himself with a handgun and shot the victim.

The victim was a Palisades youth, 19, and according to police detectives, “the victim took multiple gun shots” as he was running away. The victim is in the hospital and has had multiple surgeries.

West Los Angeles Police Captain told Circling the News that “The suspect was arrested for attempted murder. “The system is working,” Captain Tom said. “West L.A. detectives worked diligently to identify and book the suspect and he was filed upon by the District Attorney.”

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