Homeless Man Arrested After Allegedly Dragging Jogger by Ponytail in Santa Monica

Homeless Man Arrested After Allegedly Dragging Jogger by Ponytail in Santa Monica

Malcolm Jimmy Ward, Jr., 48. (Courtesy of Santa Monica Police Department)

Sophie Li
Sophie Li

5/17/2024

Updated: 5/17/2024

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A man was arrested earlier this week after allegedly dragging a female jogger by her ponytail across a beach path in Santa Monica, authorities said May 16.
Malcolm Jimmy Ward, Jr., 48, is currently being held without bail, the Santa Monica Police Department said in a statement.
Officers responded to reports of an assault on the 2000 block of Ocean Front Walk around 7 a.m. May 13. Upon arrival, they found both the victim and suspect near public restrooms, and the suspect was taken into custody without incident, police said.
According to police, the victim, identified as a Venice resident, was jogging southbound along the beach path when the suspect approached her from behind and grabbed her ponytail, causing her to fall to the ground.
The suspect allegedly dragged her several feet toward the restroom. Several witnesses intervened in the attack and contacted the police, according to authorities. The woman suffered minor injuries.
“The victim believed that the suspect intended to sexually assault her,” police said.
According to police, Mr. Ward was on parole for assault with a deadly weapon at the time of the arrest and is homeless.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office charged him May 15 with counts of kidnapping, assault with intent to commit rape, and violation of parole.
Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Detective James McCoy at james.mccoy@santamonica.gov or CrimeTips@santamonica.gov.
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Sophie Li is a Southern California-based reporter covering local daily news, state policies, and breaking news for The Epoch Times. Besides writing, she is also passionate about reading, photography, and tennis.

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