Pier seller arrested for burning other seller with oil from hot dog carts

Arrested in connection with the incident in November

By Sam Catanzaro

Police recently arrested a street vendor on Santa Monica Pier for burning another street vendor with oil from a hot dog cart.

According to the Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD), officials were investigating an attack at the foot of the stairs at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. that involved two street vendors on November 21, 2021.

When the officers arrived, they contacted a female victim who told them that another saleswoman was challenging her to fight.

The other saleswoman, who later identified Michelle Antonia Murcia, got angry and pushed a hot dog cart on top of the victim, causing hot oil to spill onto the victim’s arms and hands. The Santa Monica Fire Department responded to treat the burns.

According to police, Murcia left the area before the officers arrived.

At around 5:30 p.m. on January 8, 2022, SMPD officials noticed Murcia standing in front of Hot Dog on a Stick and she was arrested and charged with assault and assault with a lethal weapon.

Murcia was released on January 9 after bailing out $ 30,000. She appeared in court on January 11th.

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