March 4, 2022 7:33 PM
On March 2, 2022 at approximately 1:00 PM, Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) Officers were dispatched to the 800 block of Pico Blvd to investigate a report of gunshots. When officers arrived, they located several spent handgun shell casings and learned that an unknown individual had fired multiple rounds into a garage door. No injuries have been linked to during this incident.
On the same date, at approximately 2:10 PM an armed robbery occurred at the Jack in the Box (2025 Lincoln Blvd). The male suspect involved in this incident was armed with a black semi-automatic handgun. The described suspect was seen fleeing the scene in a dark colored sedan.
SMPD Detectives conducted follow-up related to both incidents and concluded that one male suspect was responsible for both crimes.
On today’s date, March 4, 2022, SMPD Detectives located and arrested Arnoldo Martinez a 33 year-old-male in the Newton area of South Los Angeles, as the suspect in both incidents described. Martinez was armed with a deinialized loaded firearm (“ghost-gun”), ammunition, a knife and narcotics at the time of arrest.
Martinez was transported to the SMPD Jail where he was booked for 211 PC – Armed Robbery, 246 PC – Shooting an Inhabited Dwelling, and 29800(a)(1) PC Felon in Possession of a Loaded Firearm.
Anyone with additional information regarding these incidents or suspects is encouraged to contact Detective Tavera at 310-458-2256 or the Watch Commander (24 hours) at 310-458-8426.