SANTA MONICA—The Santa Monica Police Department was notified that the murder trial involving Jessie Ramirez Perez, 21, concluded with a guilty verdict on Monday, September 16. The suspect was found guilty of second degree murder for committing assault with a deadly weapon.  

According to a press release from the city of Santa Monica, on October 3, 2018 at approximately 8:12 p.m., police officers responded to an emergency call at Tongva Park  located at 1615 Ocean Avenue. Officers found a male victim suffering from a stab wound.  The victim, who has not been named, was sleeping in the park when he was stabbed in the abdomen without provocation.  The victim later died from injuries sustained.

Perez was seen fleeing from the crime scene and was arrested by responding officers. At the time of his arrest, Perez was on felony probation for Assault with a Deadly Weapon. The suspect’s sentencing is scheduled for October 30, 2019. He could face up to 15 years to life.