Screwdriver wielding Venice resident arrested after causing havoc in Santa Monica


A 52-year-old screwdriver wielding Venice resident was arrested in Santa Monica on Saturday, Oct. 12 and charged with carrying a concealed weapon.

Officers of the Santa Monica Police Department were called out to the 400 block of Idaho Avenue at 7:30 pm on this day after a citizen had called in a report regarding a man who had rang the citizen’s doorbell and had then thrown rocks at the windows of the residence.

The officers arrived at the location and shortly afterwards detained a man who fit the description of the suspect.

The officers conducted a search of the man and discovered that he had a 10” long tool concealed in his shorts.

The officers asked this man why he had this long screwdriver concealed in his shorts and he responded with the claim that he needed it for protection. The officers questioned this man further and discovered that he had in fact been wandering the neighborhood looking for the home where he believed his girlfriend lived.

The officers arrested this Venice resident, identified as Tom Safron, and he was charged with carrying a concealed weapon. Bail was set at $20,000.