Briefly In Public Safety

July 12, 2012

Laguna man died from stabbing in Santa Monica

A Laguna Beach man was stabbed to death in Santa Monica early Wednesday morning, according to authorities.

Jensen Gray, 27, died of multiple stab wounds in an apartment in the 400 block of Broadway around 3:30 a.m., according to the coroner and a Santa Monica police press release.

Ryan Taylor Bright, 26, of Santa Monica was arrested on suspicion of murder and is being held on $100,000 bail.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information can contact Det. Dan Larios at (310) 458-8937, Sgt. Ira Rutan at (310) 458-8959 or the Santa Monica Police Department at (310) 458-8495.



Police: Fireworks thrown into girl's room

A homeowner reported that juveniles had caught their daughter's room on fire July 6.

According to police, unknown suspects threw lit fireworks into the daughter's bedroom window in the 200 block of St. Ann's Drive.

Laguna Beach police Lt. Jason Kravetz said a small fire erupted, burning a bedspread. One other person was staying at the home and put it out. Firefighters were not called at the time of the incident and it was reported the next day.

The parents of the girl believe a group of boys are to blame in the arson crime. The damage is estimated at $1,500, Kravetz said.


Man arrested on suspicion of selling pot at Taco Bell

A Laguna Niguel man was arrested Tuesday after police received reports that someone was selling marijuana from a car in the Taco Bell parking lot, 699 S. Coast Hwy.

Farid Rafael Trinidad, 34, was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana for sales and furnishing marijuana to others, Lt. Jason Kravetz said.

Officers were called to the parking lot around 4 p.m. after citizens said they saw the suspect selling marijuana. Prior to their arrival, a tow truck flagged down officers and alerted them to the incident as well. As police pulled into the parking lot, they observed the suspect make a transaction with a man.

Both men were detained; drugs were found in Trinidad's possession, Kravetz said.

— Joanna Clay

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