A Coronado Navy SEAL has been charged with murder after a June 11 assault that started at the Santa Monica pier.
Theo Andrew Krah, 28, was arrested Monday in downtown Coronado after a man died from stabbing and head injuries on June 12, Santa Monica Police said.
Krah pleaded not guilty to one murder count during a hearing Wednesday, a Los Angeles County district attorney’s spokesman said.
The criminal complaint identifies the victim as Kris Anderson. Social media posts about Anderson describe him as a 58-year-old who worked in UCLA Extension’s transcripts office.
Coronado’s Naval Special Warfare Group 1 has confirmed that a Naval Special Warfare sailor was arrested for a June 12 homicide in Santa Monica.
“Details are limited at this time, but the incident is being investigated by both the Santa Monica Police Department and NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigative Service) with full cooperation from Naval Special Warfare,” said group spokesman Lt. j.g. Zachary Keating said Thursday.
Krah enlisted in 2012 and has earned the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon and the Korean Defense Service Medal. His awards indicate that he deployed once to Asia. There’s nothing pointing to service in Iraq or .
Santa Monica police said that events started with an altercation at the Santa Monica pier around 4 p.m. The interaction didn’t escalate to the level of injuries, but police responded and separated the two, said Lt. Saul Rodriguez of the Santa Monica police.
According to Krah’s lawyer, Anthony Salerno, Krah was on the pier Saturday afternoon for a paddleboard competition when he saw the man eyeing young girls and taking pictures of them.
“Theo confronted the man and demanded to see his camera,” Salerno said. “The man refused. Believing that the man was committing a crime, Theo physically restrained the man and asked for a bystander to call for the police.”
Since no one was hurt, both sides were allowed to leave, Rodriguez said.
About an hour later, police got a call for assistance less than a mile away on a street full of shops near the Santa Monica Promenade. The victim was unresponsive and had what’s described as substantial head trauma.
Police don’t know exactly what weapon was used in the stabbing, Rodriguez said.
There was no indication of drugs or alcohol or gang-related activity, he said.
Krah was arrested based on his altercation with the victim the hour before. “That’s what led us to the potential suspect,” Rodriguez said. “We felt we had enough evidence to take him into custody.”
Krah was arrested without incident and is being held on $2 million bail, Santa Monica police said. His next hearing is June 20.
By Jeanette Steele. (Popular Military contributed to this report)