Southern California -- this just in

« Previous Post | L.A. NOW Home | Next Post »

Homeless couple charged in Venice skateboard attack

Untitled-2A homeless couple in Venice are being held in connection with an attack with a skateboard on another couple not far from the area's main strip.

Ashley Berg, a 21-year-old prostitute who is six months pregnant, was charged with one count each of assault with a deadly weapon, brandishing a weapon and battery, said Frank Mateljan, spokesman with the City Attorney’s office. Her partner, Savoy Anderson, 33, was also charged with one count of battery, Mateljan said.

The incident began around 8:30 p.m. April 7 as a man and woman returned to their car near 3rd Street and Rose Avenue. Anderson reportedly approached the woman and began harassing her, Mateljan said. Berg, who looked on from a nearby tent where she lived with Anderson, joined the argument and tried to hit the woman with a skateboard, Mateljan said.

As the man stepped in to protect the woman, he was hit in the face with the skateboard, Mateljan said.

The homeless pair then began to punch the man and woman, according to Mateljan. Both eventually fled from the scene and were later identified by the victims at the police station, Mateljan said.

A pre-trial hearing for Berg and Anderson is scheduled for April 25. Berg faces two years and six months in jail and Anderson faces six months.


Marine Facebook case: Judge rejects appeal to halt discharge

Ex-deputy faces trial on charges of assault, torture of wife, rival

USC students' slayings: LAPD seeks man in dark clothing, dark car

-- Esmeralda Bermudez


Comments () | Archives (0)


Recommended on Facebook


In Case You Missed It...


About L.A. Now
L.A. Now is the Los Angeles Times’ breaking news section for Southern California. It is produced by more than 80 reporters and editors in The Times’ Metro section, reporting from the paper’s downtown Los Angeles headquarters as well as bureaus in Costa Mesa, Long Beach, San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, Riverside, Ventura and West Los Angeles.
Have a story tip for L.A. Now?
Please send to newstips@latimes.com
Can I call someone with news?
Yes. The city desk number is (213) 237-7847.


Get Alerts on Your Mobile Phone

Sign me up for the following lists: