SANTA MONICA—The Santa Monica Police Department arrested a suspect responsible for breaking into a home on the 200 block of 19th Street on Friday, May 26. According to a press release Canyon News received from Lt. Saul Rodriguez of the SMPD, authorities responded to a radio call for service they receive at 6:01 p.m. Upon arriving on the scene, officers spotted a suspect, who fled from police to the rear yard of the home located on the 200 block of 20th Street.
The suspect secreted himself in the rear yard and refused to comply with officers. SMPD, SWAT and Crisis Negotiators responded to the scene. Following a period of negotiations, the suspect was taken into custody with the assistance of a Police K-9 and SWAT officers.
A second suspect fled the scene in a car heading northbound out of sight. Officers were able to gather the vehicle information including the license plate details and alert surrounding law enforcement agencies. The El Monte Police Department located the vehicle at around 10:30 p.m. and took a second suspect into custody on the 11200 block of Garvey Avenue in El Monte.
During the incident, multiple victims sustained injuries; one suffered significant injuries from stab wounds and the second suffered injuries from a blunt object. Both victims were transported to local hospitals for treatment.
Both suspects on May 15, at approximately 3:00 p.m., broke into a home in the 500 block of 17th Street. SMPD officers responded to a radio call and found the victim, a resident of the home suffering from multiple injuries from an aggravated assault. Santa Monica Fire Department Paramedics treated the victim at the scene and transported him to a local hospital for treatment of serious injuries.
The first suspect has been identified as a male juvenile booked for 664/187 PC – Attempt Homicide; 182 PC – Conspiracy; 211 PC – Robbery; 459 PC- Robbery; and 3056 Parole Violation. The juvenile has been transported to Eastlake Juvenile Hall.
The second suspect has been identified as Brian Noah Morgan, 24. Morgan was booked for 182 PC – Conspiracy; 211 PC – Robbery; 459 PC- Robbery; and 3056 Parole Violation. Morgan is being held at SMPD Jail with no bail options.
Charges were filed against both suspects on Wednesday, May 31 with the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office. From comprehensive investigative efforts, including forensic evidence collection, SMPD detectives were able to link the suspects to the two home invasion robberies that occurred within two weeks in the northeast section of Santa Monica.
Anyone with additional information related to this incident is encouraged to contact Detective Goodwin (310) 458-8942; Detective Leone (310) 458-8949; or the Santa Monica Police Department (310) 458-8491.