Two Charged in Armed Robbery on Ocean


Two suspects apprehended by the Santa Monica Police Department on March 28 have been charged with assault by the LA District Attorney. One of them has a warrant for his arrest in Wisconsin

The two men were among a group of three males who allegedly accosted a couple who were riding scooters late at night in the 1700 Block of Ocean Avenue, near the fancy beach hotels. One of the men lifted his shirt to show the couple he was armed with a gun. Another of the men took the woman's cell phone and three it to the ground so that she would be unable to call for help when they began beating her companion.

Officers from the SMPD were able to find two of the men soon after and discovered that one of them was indeed armed with a high-capacity handgun. Both men are from Wisconsin and one of them has a no-bail warrant for his arrest there.

Lavonn Shawn Johnson, 21, from Wisconsin was charged with Assault to Commit Great Bodily Injury, Preventing Someone from Reporting a Crime, and Possession of a Loaded Firearm.

Treyton Thomas Halfman, 21, from Wisconsin was charged with one count of Assault to Commit Great Bodily Injury.

Anyone with additional information pertaining to this incident is strongly encouraged

to contact Detective Larios with the Criminal Investigations Division 310-458-8937 or

Santa Monica Department's Watch Commander (24 hours) at 310-458-8427.


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