Felony Battery / Strongarm Robbery- IN CUSTODY

September 20, 2023 5:13 PM

On Tuesday, September 19, 2023, at about 3:30 pm, Santa Monica Police Department officers responded to a call of a battery that just occurred in Palisades Park near the intersection with Santa Monica Boulevard. Officers located the victim of the battery down on the ground and suffering from injuries to his face and head. A suspect description and direction of travel were broadcasted to other responding officers.

According to statements from the victim and witnesses, the victim was recording video of Palisades Park on his cell phone when he turned his camera on the suspect, who is currently experiencing homelessness, while the suspect was laying on the ground in the park. The suspect was angry he was being filmed and stood up to confront the victim, demanding he stop recording. The suspect then struck the victim at least one time in the face, knocking him to the ground. The suspect took the victim’s phone, which had fallen to the ground, and fled the scene.

Officers located the suspect, identified as Tyler Jordan Keating (DOB: 02-17-1989), and the victim’s phone nearby. Keating was arrested for felony battery, robbery, and elder abuse and booked into the Santa Monica Jail where he is being held. The case will be presented to the District Attorney for filing.

The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Anyone with information related to this incident is encouraged to contact Detective Davis at stephanie.davis@santamonica.gov, Detective Sergeant Goodwin at chad.goodwin@santamonica.gov, or the Watch Commander (24 hours) at 310-458-8427.

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