SANTA MONICA—On Monday, May 22, a homeless man entered no contest pleas to stabbing an employee at a Santa Monica Pier restaurant last year, on two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of second-degree robbery, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Calvin Earl Gullett, 34, entered Pier Burger at 330 Santa Monica Pier on September 7, 2016, at about 10:52 a.m. He allegedly demanded food from the employees but was denied service. He went into the restaurant’s kitchen, stabbed an employee multiple times, and chased two others with a knife he had stolen from a retail store, according to reports.
The victim was treated at the scene by Santa Monica Fire Department Paramedics and transported to a local hospital, where he remained in stable condition. Gullett fled the scene, but was found by officers on the beach north of the pier. A Taser was used to make the arrest after he refused to comply with the officers’ orders.
According to Deputy District Attorney Morgan Mallory, Gullett admitted to inflicting great bodily injury on the victim and to prior convictions for a residential burglary in Little Rock in 2002 and criminal threats in Los Angeles in March 2016. He was charged with attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, and probation violation.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mark Windham sentenced Gullett to 20 years in state prison on Monday.