Sexual Assault Suspect In Custody

May 16, 2024 10:49 AM

On Monday, May 13th, at 7:14 am, Santa Monica Police Department officers responded to reports of an assault occurring in the 2000 block of Ocean Front Walk. Witnesses to the incident told dispatchers that a young woman was being dragged across the ground by her ponytail.

Responding officers were on scene within minutes and found both the victim and suspect near the Bicknell restrooms. The suspect was taken into custody without incident. The victim, a Venice resident, was jogging southbound on the beach path when the suspect grabbed her ponytail from behind, knocking her to the ground. He then pulled her several feet toward the restrooms. The victim believed that the suspect intended to sexually assault her. Several witnesses intervened in the attack and called police. The victim suffered minor physical injuries in the attack. 

The suspect was identified as Malcolm Jimmy Ward, Jr. (DOB: 01/13/1976). Ward is on parole for Assault with a Deadly Weapon. He is currently homeless and is being held without bail. On May 15th, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office charged Ward with felony counts of:

• Kidnapping

• Assault with Intent to Commit Rape

• Violation of Parole 

Anyone with additional information about this incident is asked to contact Detective James McCoy at or

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