Suspect Arrested for Battery on an Elderly Victim

May 29, 2024 6:19 PM

Santa Monica, CA On Thursday, May 23rd, near the 1600 block of Ocean Front Walk, a 73-year-old woman was walking when a male suspect pushed her to the ground. The suspect, later identified as 39-year-old Jalan Rodger James, who is experiencing homelessness, was located shortly thereafter and arrested for battery on an elder and resisting arrest. 

The victim told officers that while on her morning walk, she saw James walking towards her, yelling incoherently. She tried to move out of his way to let him pass, but he intentionally pushed her to the ground. She sustained a back injury in addition to abrasions on her hands as she tried to break her fall. 

Dispatchers received a second call reporting the same suspect attempting to punch bystanders.  Within three minutes of receiving the call, the SMPD Drone Operator located James walking near 2nd and Colorado. Officers arrived on scene and subsequently arrested the suspect. 

The case was presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office for official filing of charges after detectives located video footage and gathered witness statements.


·         Felony Battery with serious bodily injury – 243(d) PC

·         Felony Elder/Adult Abuse – 368(b)(1) PC

·         (2) counts of Resisting an Executive Officer – 69PC


The suspect faces additional charges in another Santa Monica assault case pending review by the District Attorney.

“The safety and well-being of our most vulnerable residents is a top priority for the SMPD. Assaults on elderly individuals are taken very seriously, and we will continue to pursue felony charges in these situations”, said Chief Ramon Batista. 

If you were harmed by­­ or have relevant information related to this suspect, contact Detective Holloway ( or the Watch Commander (24/7) at 310-458-8427.

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Suspect Booking Photo: Jalan James