SANTA MONICA—On January 6, 2016, Etthell Holloway was sentenced to 30 years in state prison for his involvement in a 2012 case that involved attempted carjacking, attempted robbery, and his failure to register as a sex offender. The suspect pled no contest to the charges he was facing.

According to a press release Canyon News received from Sgt. Rudy Camarena from the Santa Monica Police Department, the incident in question occurred on April 23, 2012, when the suspect followed a young woman who was walking to her vehicle on the 900 block of Colorado Avenue after work.

When the victim was getting into her car, Holloway grabbed her by her hair and pulled her from the vehicle demanding her purse and car keys. When the victim refused, the suspect struck her repeatedly in the head and on her body. Santa Monica police officers who were on patrol witnessed the assault in progress. Holloway attempted to flee the scene, but was arrested by authorities a short distance away.

The SMPD Criminal Investigators Division discovered that Holloway was on parole out of the state of Tennessee for a previous sexual assault conviction. The suspect arrived in California by bus four months earlier and did not contact the police department per requirements to register his status as a sex offender in the state of California. Holloway was also in violation of his parole for leaving his home state without permission.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact SMPD’s Robbery-Homicide Unit, Detective Chad Goodwin at 310-458-8942 or Sergeant Maury Sumlin at 310-458-8437.