November 30, 2021 2:58 p.m.
At around 7:15 p.m. on November 28, 2021, officers from the Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) respond to the 900blk on Ocean Ave. regarding a suspicious vehicle. When the officers arrived, they found the vehicle, a black jeep, leaving the area. An officer watched the vehicle commit multiple vehicle law violations. When the officer tried to initiate a traffic control, the vehicle escaped at high speed and collided with several parked vehicles and a tree in the 1000 block on 2nd Street. The two inmates escaped on foot, but only one was located a short time later.
A subsequent search of the suspect vehicle revealed a loaded short-barreled AR rifle, a loaded 9mm pistol and a large quantity of narcotics. The driver of the vehicle, Ken Lee Fernandez, a 22-year-old Buena Park man, was charged with gun and narcotics charges, as well as delaying and obstructing the arrest.
The passenger and prominent suspect is described as a 20 to 25 year old black man, 5’10 “- 6’2”, thinly built, dark complexion, wearing a black hoodie-sweatshirt and black sweatpants.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is strongly encouraged to contact Detective Khansari of the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) at 310-458-4248, Detective McGowan at 310-458-4698, or the 24 hour watch commanders at 310-458-8426. to turn.