July 2, 2021 12:43 PM
At around 12:15 p.m. on July 2, 2021, officers from the Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) conducted a traffic control for a vehicle rule violation at the intersection of Lincoln Blvd and Wilshire Blvd.
The officers contacted the occupants of a black 2012 Nissan Altima. Their investigation found that the driver, later identified as Joe Martinez, a 38-year-old man from Lennox, was on parole for gun and narcotics violations. The passenger, who was later identified as Tony D. McClendon, a 44-year-old man from Inglewood, initially submitted false ID. However, officials later discovered that he was on federal probation.
While searching their vehicle, officers found a loaded 9mm Beretta pistol, a backpack with a Halloween-themed mask, gloves, binoculars and black clothing. In addition, the officers found narcotics, narcotic paraphernalia, an arrow key, various mail, credit cards and ID cards in other people’s names.
Based on their investigation, officials believed both Martinez and McClendon were involved in criminal activities such as robbery and theft. They have been taken into custody and charged in the Santa Monica Police Department on the following charges:
Rudy Flores Lieutenant