On October 30th, 2023 at approximately 6:50 pm, officers from the Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) responded to a battery investigation at 2nd Street and Broadway.

According to the reporting party, the victim, walking southbound on 2nd Street, passed by the suspect standing on the street corner. The suspect grew angry and struck the victim in the back before spitting on the victim’s face and shirt.

Officers arrested 45-year-old Scott Way at the scene and transported him to the Santa Monica Jail for booking. Way was issued a citation for battery.

In an unrelated incident, on Sunday, November 5th at approximately 3:54 pm, SMPD officers responded to the 1600 block of Ocean Avenue. The victim discovered the suspect, 32-year-old Michael Logan, trespassing on a privately owned car port.

When confronted by the victim, Logan, holding an aluminum bat, swung at the victim three to four times before leaving the scene. Officers arrested Logan nearby and transported him to the Santa Monica Jail. He was released from police custody on November 7th, 2023 and is awaiting his court appearance scheduled for November 22nd, 2023.


Matthew Hall has a Masters Degree in International Journalism from City University in London and has been Editor-in-Chief of SMDP since 2014. Prior to working at SMDP he managed a chain of weekly papers...