Hawthorne Homeless Man Charged with Multiple Drug, Weapons Charges
HAWTHORNE, CA—How does a homeless person acquire firearms, drugs and motor vehicle?
Damien Smith Cruz, 32, was arrested by Hawthorne Police Department officers on Friday, August 1 at approximately 6:45 p.m. along the 4300 block of El Segundo Boulevard in Hawthorne. It is believed that the transient–who appears to claim Hawthorne as his place of residence–was driving too slowly below the speed limit and attracted police.
The man, who also proclaimed he had no occupation, was charged with a laundry list of weapons, drugs and motor violations: Possession of controlled narcotics (11350(A)HS, possession of controlled substances (11377(A)HS, ownership/possession of a firearm by a convicted felon (29800(A)1PC, receiving/etc. known stolen property (496(A)PC), selling/etc. access card with the intent to use/sell (484E(A)PC), failure to present ID (3440302(A)VC) and the one that appeared to have gotten him popped, driving below the minimum allowed speed (22400(A)).
Total bail was set at $95,535. The lowest single amount was the minimum speed law violation ($35) and the highest was the firearm charge ($35,000).