Jarvis Mathias Newman charged with assault on rape and sexual harassment
By Sam Catanzaro
This month a man was charged with sexual assault in two separate incidents on the beaches of Santa Monica.
Last week the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office filed charges against Jarvis Mathias Newman, a 26-year-old man, for his involvement in two separate incidents in Santa Monica.
According to the Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD), officers met a victim on Sept. 12 who reported that she had been sleeping on the beach near Muscle Beach a few days ago when she was woken up by a man who her vaginal area touched over her clothes.
“The victim screamed and the suspect walked away. The victim provided the police with a description of the suspect. She found that he had a prominent gap in his front teeth, “the SMPD said in a press release.
Days later, on September 15, SMPD officers were dispatched to the Ocean and Colorado Avenue area to investigate another attack. According to the SMPD, officials met with a victim who told them she was sleeping in her tent north of Santa Monica Pier around 4:30 a.m. when a man woke her up and started making small talk.
“At one point the man tried to turn his conversation into a sexual character. The male then tried to grab the female around the neck and undress. The victim screamed and was able to fend off the male before he fled, ”said the SMPD.
The victim of this second incident forwarded the suspect’s description to the police. SMPD workers observed a man who matched the description of the suspect, later identified as Jarvis Newman, in the 4th Street and Colorado Avenue area.
The victim in this incident positively identified Newman as the person who attacked her. During their investigation, officers learned that Newman was an active registered sex offender. Detectives were tracking the victim in the first incident, and she also identified Newman as the man who attacked her.
On September 17, the Los Angeles District Attorney filed a rape and sexual charge against Newman on charges of assault.