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Activist Rick Swinger Attacked on Rose at Hampton

By Mark Ryavec

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Rick Swinger

Venice activist Rick Swinger was assaulted by a homeless camper on Rose Avenue the morning of Thursday, May 18th, which resulted in Rick being knocked to the ground and his armbroken.

This is yet another in a long series of attacks on Venice residents by transients living on Venice’s streets, sidewalks and parks.

Rick cautions Venice residents that the man who assaulted him is very combative and has been seen twice since the attack around the Full Circle Church property next to Rick’s apartment at the corner of Rose and Hampton.

“My wife and I are afraid for our lives at this point,” Rick said in the aftermath of the attack.

The attacker is white, about 200 pounds, around 50 with dark brown hair and beard. Rick first noticed him in late April when he took to sitting on the picnic table on the front patio of the church next door and using a metal electric panel enclosure as storage for his possessions. Rick said, “He even has his own lock for the panel door.”

The attacker has frequently awakened Rick and his wife, whose bedroom faces the church. Rick had previously attempted to engage the fellow in friendly conversation, but the camper became quickly agitated and threatening.

On the morning of the assault Rick and his wife were awakened at 4:30 am by the man yelling while sitting at the picnic table on the church patio. Rick went over to the church property to ask him to quiet down. To protect himself, Rick carried a can of pepper spray held behind his back. As soon as Rick explained to the man that people were trying to sleep next door the fellow lunged at Rick, so he sprayed him with the pepper spray and started to walk back to his apartment. The homeless camper was barely affected by the spray and pursued Rick. Rick, now on the sidewalk, turned and sprayed the attacker in the face, but this did not stop the attacker from knocking Rick to ground. In the fall, Rick’s arm was broken.

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Ricks’ broken and battered arm

He called out to his wife who ran over and helped Rick to his feet and back into the apartment. His attacker was also down on the sidewalk, finally slowed down by the pepper spray. After calling 911 they got in their car and started to head off to Brotman Hospital where Rick’s wife is a nurse. As they were leaving an LAPD patrol car arrived and the officers agreed to follow Rick and his wife to the hospital to fill out a police report on the incident. (The attacker had left the site by then.)

Rick reports that he saw his attacker come back to get stuff out of the electric panel enclosure later that day and has seen him in the area on two more occasions. Each time he called the LAPD but they did not arrive in time to catch the guy.

Rick had earlier taken a photo of the fellow because he found him erratic, loud and menacing. After he gave the photo to the LAPD, one of the Beach Patrol officers told Rick that he knew of him. As of this posting, the attacker has not been arrested. Rick’s request to church staff for them to put their own lock on the electric panel box to stop its use as storage space and to remove the picnic table, which is a homeless magnet, have gone without response.

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Rick has been leading the effort to force the City and Public Storage to stop all the dumping of toxic materials around Third and Rose, which drain directly to a pool on the beach where the storm drain empties. The City is remiss in not posting signs to warn children not to play in the polluted water.

Comments (11)

  1. Anonymous

    And shame on the jackasses who continue to blame the victims for these attacks (and they are attacks). Why should ANYONE have to be constantly be planning how to leave their house and looking over their shoulders to make sure that they are not being stalked and followed by these criminally insane people who are being allowed to live on our streets within a homeless community that is not properly policed and (heaven forbid) scrutinized because they are treated as Venice’s own “sacred cows” by Councilman Bonin, and because of his compliance, the Mayor himself. WTF is going on? Is the City on a campaign to rid Venice of families, senior citizens and anyone else who is not well-versed in karate or carrying a pistol in their pocket. And if a citizen were ever to use either, they would be arrested by the same police force that has been told to stand down and let this shit continue. This added to the traffic snarls is just criminal, and Bonin is the culprit! I know, like it or leave…

  2. Craig

    Craig A
    Marie Hammond was correct when she wrote : Something bad is going to happen some day and LA City has planted the seeds. ……

    Well something bad happened this morning when our dear friend and neighbor fellow Venetian Rick Swinger was attacked and had his arm broken when the Police failed to show up after 1.1.2 hours.

    Something bad happened when someone attacked our neighbor at 4th and Rose when she was returning home because she told him not to urinate on her home.

    Something bad happened when one of Nikoletta’s tenants was stalked and attacked.

    Something bad happened when four of our neighbors where robbed in broad daylight and stalked.

    Something bad happened when Nikoletta Skarlatos had a MAN IN HER HOUSE who boldly robber her and put her things at Public Storage!!!!!

    Someone is going to get killed and it will be the result of complete negligence by the City Council under Mike Bonin , the complete negligence by the multimillion dollar behemoth eyesore that Public Storage, the illegally operating Dry Cleaner.

    Two of these are fronts for drug running. You are putting all of our lives in jeopardy.

    Kristen Delatori, what happened to the information that you were gong to give us regarding Public Storage?

    Mike Bonin WHERE ARE YOU FOR YOUR CONSTITUENTS???

    We are in sorrow for what has happened to our dear friend Rick Swinger and I agree wth Nikoletta when she says: SHAME ON YOU.

  3. Anonymous

    Craig said, “He’s not right there’s a mental issue there and this is been witnessed more than one time” – No Craig, the mental issue here are the people who view storing substance-abusing crazy people among resident’s homes, and a police force that has had their hands tied by lawsuits and a compliant Council Office as a viable option. Now THAT’S crazy!

  4. Craig

    The community many of Rick friends family Are furious over this the fact that our counsel man is turning a blind eye to this & will not acknowledge it when he could tell the LAPD to enforce what’s on the books already mr. Rosenthal would never let this happen how can you sleep with yourself Mike Bonehead
    You should’ve been an actor how you know no HOW TO SNOW people over and only Chasing the

  5. Craig

    The community many of Rick friends family Are furious over this the fact that our counsel man is turning a blind eye to this & will not acknowledge it when he could tell the LAPD to enforce what’s on the books already mr. Rosenthal would never let this happen how can you sleep with yourself Mike Bonehead
    You should’ve been an actor how you know no HOW TO SNOW people over and only Chasing the

  6. Rick Swinger

    Lets turn a Negative into a Positive! I have an easy solution to the Temporary Housing these folks so desperately need Now. Its so simple and cheap. Tent Bungalows manufactured and distributed just 3 hours North of Los Angeles in Fresno. A few boy scouts could set these up in a day on any city, county and state property! Please go to their website and check them out yourselves and then petition Councilman Bonin and the rest of L.A City hall to purchase these immediately because we are going to need these tents for ourselves too when the big earthquake hits all of us! The city of Berkeley has been purchasing these tents for their homeless. Go check it out…. http://www.sweetwaterbungalows.com/

  7. Jack Herman

    He looks like a peaceful guy sitting there reading that book. I wonder what Mr. Swinger did to provoke him ? Oh yeah, he pepper-sprayed him,and most likely for no reason at all.

    • rick swinger

      Jack Herman that picture was taken weeks before the attacked on me. The fact that you think I sprayed him with no reason at all tells us all what a judgmental, irrational and ignorant person you really are.

      • Jack Herman

        I’ve seen you in action dude. You and that guy who owns the Cow’s End should get together. You’re both arrogant jerks. You can go around as a team provoking homeless people so you can play the big victim when they attack you. That’s one way to get rid of the homeless, right jerk ?

    • Craig

      And that was chasing the dollar on my prior message

      The man on the bench in the photo is far from sitting there relaxed he’s been screaming at different times at the church in broad daylight Using profanity and extremely foul language preaching something He’s not right there’s a mental issue there and this is been witnessed more than one time

    • Anonymous

      Jack Herman is a hypocrite. Typical liberal response, oh he looks so peaceful sitting there. Yeah right, I’ve personally seen many of these transients turn violent on a dime. I’ve seen them bash each other’s brains in w a skateboard, attack tourists, etc. These people are dangerous and no amount of white guilt or liberal pussiness is going to change that simple fact. Let’s clean up Venice and put the power back to the residents who pay the taxes.

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