Transient Tries to Steal Meal, Throws Hot Soup on Malibu Ralphs Manager

Keith Frank, 40, is accused of trying to steal cigarettes, a roasted chicken and container of hot chili before getting into a tussle with a manager from the Ralphs in Malibu.

A Malibu transient was arrested last week on suspicion of trying to steal a meal and cigarettes before getting into a tussle with a Ralphs manager, slightly injuring him.

The strong-arm robbery and burglary was reported on Jan. 29 at the Ralphs at 23841 Malibu Road in Malibu, according to the Lost Hills/Malibu Sheriff's Station.

Keith Frank, a 40-year-old transient known to frequent Malibu, was taken into custody on Jan. 29 and released on Feb. 3, according to jail records.

Frank told responding deputies, “You got me, I stole the cigarettes, it’s a petty theft, give me a ticket and let me go,” and placed stolen cigarettes on the hood of the patrol car.

Frank is accused of entering the store, and taking a roasted chicken worth $6.99 and a container of hot chili worth $3 and several packs of cigarettes worth $11.11, before walking out of the store without paying, according to investigators.

The grocery store manager tried to stop Frank, and grabbed the roasted chicken bag.

"During the struggle the suspect threw the container of the hot chili soup into the vicitim’s face, burning the back of his left ear," according to a report of the incident.

The manager slipped on the soup and fell to the ground, and the suspect left the area. About 10 minutes later, Frank returned and allegedly grabbed four packs of cigarettes and again left the store.

Deputies found Frank not far from the store, and arrested him. The manager, who refused medical attention, identified the transient from 20 feet away.

Paul Grisanti February 08, 2013 at 07:43 PM
Press assault charges and put this guy in the system for as long as they will keep him.
Mark Howell February 08, 2013 at 11:08 PM
That sounds like something they'd do in Texas. I'm NOT siding w/the transient here, but MANY homeless people suffer from mental illness and need help. Do you know how much food stores like Ralph's toss out every day? Maybe we should try and HELP these people instead of locking them up or...DRIVING TO THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE AND LEAVING THEM W/A BOTTLE OF WATER.
Joseph Delano February 08, 2013 at 11:43 PM
You are right Mark........how about his childhood? Was he abused? Did he get enough hugs? Was he bullied? Somehow WE failed him and should be coddling him. Right? WRONG! Get the garbage out of Malibu - it doesn't belong here!! When we are finished with Colony center, perhaps we can also clean the streets at Heathercliff and Trancas - plenty of trash there too.
Jessica E. Davis February 08, 2013 at 11:46 PM
Calling other people trash? A little harsh.
Joseph Delano February 09, 2013 at 12:56 AM
We are all entitled to our own personal opinions Jessica....you, Mark, and even me.
Ben Dover February 09, 2013 at 02:00 AM
Malibu, you are a real piece of work, first the gall of using Malibu as your name is ludicrous, your first comment on the patch is about how ratty the town looks, and you claim to have been born and grown here.The fact you think surfrider needs a concrete slab to give it identity shows the rest of us how out of touch you are with what Malibu's all about. Your second comment is how great it was when you were in redneck heaven, and the inbred hillbilly's cops would run the"Bums" out of town. Why the F are you even living here? Malibu's always been a live and let live town, until all you insecure uppity donkey holes started trying to enforce your personal needs and views on the rest of us. If you don't feel safe in Malibu, do the rest of us a favor and move back to Texas.
John Miller February 09, 2013 at 02:05 AM
For those who want to help address the very real needs of the homeless in Malibu, go to http://www.sosmalibu.org/. Through SOS, 20 of Malibu's churches, stores, restaurants and civic organizations are working together. More help is welcome!
Jessica E. Davis February 09, 2013 at 02:08 AM
Thank you for sharing that link John. I've volunteered at SOS and it's providing real services for those in need in this community. I really appreciate you providing a possible solution to an issue in this comment section.
Lenny Shaw February 09, 2013 at 05:58 AM
Joseph, it may be February but let me quote the Ghost of Christmas Present to Scrooge "It may be that it is You who is less worthy in the eyes of Heaven than Millions like this poor man"
Marshall Thompson February 09, 2013 at 05:30 PM
Gosh, that sure sounds like kidnapping with a potential assault at the point of delivery. I really dislike the phenomena of homelessness but it is largely due to the gutting of social services for mental illness and - with a huge percentage of veterans being homeless - a byproduct of our seemingly endless foreign wars for which both political parties are to blame. Oh, and "Malibu," did I say you are a complete @#$%^!? Now you know.
Malibu February 09, 2013 at 05:32 PM
Hey Ben, I was wondering what you were talking about with the Esplanade? It turns out people can make the same user name (the patch must not have very good programmers). You can go and click on the user name that put that comment and you will see it is a different "Malibu". As far as Fort Worth, I'm not saying it was correct. I am saying it "worked". So you should unstuff your shorts a tiny bit.
Mark Howell February 09, 2013 at 07:50 PM
I agree 100% w/Marshall's comments regarding the poor shape of our social services and how the mentally ill have been given the boot from treatment centers. If they're lucky enough, they MIGHT get some mind (and emotional) numbing meds, but that's not the answer. Our government has truly let down the mentally ill (and so many of our young men who have returned from the Cheney Administration's BS wars). That's why you see them wondering the streets, and sleeping on sidewalks at night. They say that history judges past societies by the way they treat the indigents and the poor. Our generation will sure go down as one of the worst ever. And, much of it started w/Reagan when he closed down many of the hospitals and treatment centers.
Marshall Thompson February 09, 2013 at 08:14 PM
Just to be fair, there are thousands of homeless vets from the Vietnam War on the streets, a war which is 100% OWNED by the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. President Nixon brought US troops home from Vietnam in a rout. We have the same situation today in Afghanistan in the fifth year of the Obama administration. when will it be HIS war, Mark? I seeth with anger against much of US foreign policy - and I am a State Department kid with a hero US Navy father Capt. Marshall F. Thompson, RIP. Say what you will about Cheney for whom I have no love, but OWN BS Democratic bungling when it occurs unless you are simply a craven "dyed-in-the wool" political hack. Aside from that, thanks for the kind words and let's join as a nation in extracting our young men and women from pointless foreign wars and work to provide life-saving services to the crippled by the aims of our politicians. Enough with scoring political points and partisan politics.
Mark Howell February 09, 2013 at 08:56 PM
Marshall, You're right, and I guess that I did sound like I was "preaching" against the "Republicans". I'm not affiliated w/either party, and I did not mention any political party in my response. I too have a father who was involved in a war (the Korean War), and it nearly killed him. My dad still suffers on a daily basis from the injuries that he received. Regarding the Vietnam War, it was Johnson who escalated things, not Kennedy. Regarding Obama, he's just trying to "undo" the wars that he inherited while dealing w/a stubborn Senate and House. The whole 2-party system is severely flawed...it's time that those who represent us should do just that...represent US and NOT their parties. It sounds like you had a terrific father, and I'm sure that you're very proud of him.
Max February 09, 2013 at 09:46 PM
No matter where one travels, homeless are to be found. Sure, some are “free-loaders” who use all kinds of excuses to have others pay their way. It's not for us to judge. How many wealthy people write off costly cars and expensive meals to “free-load” off the govt, when the “stolen” tax dollars can help solve the homeless problem? The homeless span the spectrum of human values: From rude/cruel to kind, decent, intelligent people of high values who were born into circumstances far beyond their control, who can’t make ends meet (if they could, they would) for the basic necessities of shelter, food. There are homeless who collect bottles/cans for years so their kids can get a decent education; such as a man who inspired his daughter to do well in high school and was accepted to Harvard, paid by the recyclables he gathered...values instilled to his family that many well-to-doers probably don’t. Don’t be quick to judge until you walk in their shoes. I don’t know who committed the crime and injured the Ralphs manager. That’s completely illegal. But, consider what he stole: food and cigarettes (many decent people can’t stop smoking). Not to justify anything, but this fellow was probably very hungry. What's done with deli food that isn’t sold? They used to make the food available for the homeless, but their corporate offices decided it’s in their best interest to throw it away and prevent access --- A sad commentary on our system, in my humble opinion.
Mark Howell February 09, 2013 at 09:52 PM
Max, You just summed it all up in such an eloquent manner and to the point. Thank you. Malibu Patch should do a story based on so many different comments regarding this problem.
Marshall Thompson February 10, 2013 at 02:53 AM
I'm totally with you, Mark. I'm just sickened by the poisonous political atmosphere in the country today. We could have a long discussion about the underpinnings of the Vietnam War, but it goes further back with our relationship with the French who had colonized Vietnam for something like two centuries. Everywhere we cast our eyes globally we are seeing the bitter fruit of European and American colonization efforts in the Middle East, Africa, south East Asia, Central and South America. Allowing the spying on Bin Laden's hideout by intelligence agencies with workers posing as polio vaccination groups was a hideous misstep that has resulted in the deaths of many low-wage people trying to prevent polio in the slums of Pakistan, Afghanistan and elsewhere where the disease still thrives. But back in Malibu, we have homeless among us that may cause fires, commit crimes, are alcoholics, drugged out or simply mad and we need to have resources to both help them resume a dignified life and protect responsible residents and our many visitors from their lawlessness.
Ben Dover February 10, 2013 at 07:22 AM
Sorry Malibu for confusing you with the other Malibu fool, my shorts are more then unstuffed. Just to let you know, Lost Hills Sheriff's do a great job of getting the dangerous homeless out of Malibu quickly........in Malibu we do not really have a big homeless problem. Most of the homeless are on a first name basis with the residents. Mental health is the problem, and elected officials care more about wasting our tax dollars on things like lagoons, esplanades, pensions, perks, and bonus's, then spending those dollars to truly help those who need it.
J. Flo February 10, 2013 at 07:48 AM
Beautifully said. I was at Ralph's with a friend last year in a heavy, cold downpour of rain. It was brutal. A man and his dog were huddled sleeping in a corner. When we walked up a Ralph's employee was harassing the guy yelling at him that a customer "complained" that he was laying there and he had to leave immediately. AND GO WHERE? Out into a storm? They had called the cops who were kicking him. We started to film it - well, that stopped it. Come on, grow a heart people. You never know when you might need a little help. Never say never . . . A sad commentary is right.
Mark Howell February 10, 2013 at 06:45 PM
"Get out of Malibu, Lebowski!"
Debbie Zak February 12, 2013 at 05:03 PM
Thanks for the info Malibu.....now I REALLY know why Texas can leave this country any damned time it wants. Perhaps you'd like to join them? This guy stole a chicken? Must have been pretty hungry. Help him, not throw him out with a bottle of water. By the way Malibu, I'd be more than happy to buy you a bottle of water. I'll even give you a free ride.


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