Homeless man accused of attacking female jogger in Santa Monica

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

A homeless man with a criminal record is accused of attacking a woman along the beach in Santa Monica and attempting to drag her into a public restroom.

The alleged attack occurred shortly after 7 a.m. on Monday in the 2000 block of Ocean Front Walk, just south of the Santa Monica Pier.

“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,” police said in a statement. “He then pulled her several feet toward the restrooms.”

Police believe the suspect, Malcolm Ward, 48, intended to sexually assault the woman inside the Bicknell restrooms.

Several witnesses intervened and called 911, police said. Officers responded “within minutes” and found both the victim and Ward near the restrooms and took him into custody.

Booking photo of Malcolm Ward. (Santa Monica Police)The public restrooms along Ocean Front Walk at Bicknell Avenue in Santa Monica are seen on May 16, 2024. (KTLA)

The victim suffered minor injuries, police said.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office charged Ward with felony counts of kidnapping, assault with intent to commit rape and a parole violation. He was being held without bail.

Police said Ward had been on parole for an assault with a deadly weapon conviction.

In April, a transient was arrested in San Diego for the brutal beatings and sexual assaults of two women along the famed Venice Canals – roughly two miles from the site of Monday’s attack.

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.