SANTA MONICA—On Saturday, July 3, at approximately 2:10 a.m., an officer with the Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) observed multiple vehicles at the intersection of Lincoln Boulevard and Hill Street slam on their brakes before coming to a complete stop in the middle of the intersection. The officer observed a man being chased by someone across Lincoln Boulevard, swerving in and out of the stopped vehicles.

The suspect was chasing the victim with two large knives in each hand. The officer  intervened and ordered the suspect to drop the knives. The suspect complied, but when taken into custody, the officer discovered a third knife in the suspect’s waistband.

Robert Smith, a 43-year-old transient was transported to the Santa Monica Jail where he was booked for assault with a deadly weapon, brandishing, carrying a concealed dirk or dagger, and making criminal threats.

Anyone with any additional information regarding the incident is asked to contact the Criminal Investigations Division at 310-458-8451.