Santa Monica News
Police Arrest Suspect In Attempted Homicide
By LaDale Anderson
Dec 20, 2012 - 8:43:12 AM

SANTA MONICA—Authorities have arrested a suspect in connection with the attempted murder of a female on Saturday, December 8.  According to a press release from the Santa Monica Police Department, officers arrived near the 1800 block of Pico Blvd. to investigate a shooting that occurred at approximately 5:00 p.m.  Officers discovered that an African-American female victim, 18, sustained multiple gunshot wounds. 


During the initial investigation, officers discovered that the victim was attending a memorial car wash at Pico and 19th Street when for unknown reasons she began fleeing the parking lot to Pico Boulevard where she flagged down a vehicle driving westbound in the region.  “As she entered the vehicle, the suspect ran up and fired several rounds from a handgun into the vehicle striking the victim. The driver of the vehicle sped off and called 911 once he reached the corner of Lincoln and Pico Boulevard.  The driver was not injured,” states the press release.

Waiverly Thomas.


Authorities established a perimeter surrounding the area, where about one hour later, a car being driven by the suspect attempted to exit the region between westbound Delaware Avenue and 16th Street. Authorities detained the suspect, 31 year-old Waiverly Thomas of Colton, who was arrested.  Officers discovered the handgun that is believed to be used in the incident.


The victim was transported to the northeast corner of Lincoln and Pico Boulevard where she was treated by paramedics and the Santa Monica Fire Department.  She was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Officers are still investigating the case and anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Daniel Larios at 310-458-8937or Sergeant Ira Rutan at 310-458-8359 or the Santa Monica Police Department (24 hours) at 310-458-8495.  If you wish to remain anonymous you can call WeTip at 1-800-78-CRIME (1-800-78-27463) or submit the tip online at  You will remain completely anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000, if you information leads to an arrest and conviction.


Callers can also contact Crime Stoppers by either calling 800-222-TIPS, texting from your mobile or by visiting their website at Callers may remain anonymous and may be qualified to receive a $1,000 reward by Crime Stoppers.

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