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Venice Beach Hotel Owner Charged with Murder in Shooting Death of Homeless Man

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By Paul Chavez

Venice Dispatch

The owner of a Venice Beach hotel was charged with murder Tuesday for the shooting death early Sunday of a 26-year-old homeless man, authorities said.

Sris Sinnathamby, 54, was scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday afternoon at the LAX Airport Branch of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, according to a statement by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

The case will be prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney John McKinney of the Major Crimes Division.

Jascent Warren, 26, a homeless man who was shot and killed early Sunday morning on the Venice Beach boardwalk is shown in a photo at his memorial site on Monday on the boardwalk. (Paul Chavez/Venice Dispatch)

Jascent Warren, 26, a homeless man who was shot and killed early Sunday morning on the Venice Beach boardwalk is shown in a photo at his memorial site on Monday on the boardwalk. (Paul Chavez/Venice Dispatch)

Prosecutors were seeking bail to be set at $5 million.

Sinnathamby, who owns the Cadillac Hotel on Dudley Avenue, has been charged with one count of murder in the death of Jascent Warren, who was known to locals by his nickname Shakespeare.

Warren was shot and killed early Sunday morning about 2 a.m. near the Cadillac Hotel.

A memorial for Jascent Warren is shown Monday at the gazebo on the Venice Beach boardwalk near where he was shot and killed. (Paul Chavez/Venice Dispatch)

A memorial for Jascent Warren is shown Monday at the gazebo on the Venice Beach boardwalk near where he was shot and killed. (Paul Chavez/Venice Dispatch)

If convicted, Sinnathamby faces up to life in state prison.

A memorial for Warren continued to grow Tuesday at a gazebo on the Venice Beach boardwalk near the Cadillac Hotel where the homeless normally congregate.

Photos of Warren rested on a bench surrounded by candles, flowers and messages.

The memorial included photos, candles, flowers and messages to Shakespeare. (Paul Chavez/Venice Dispatch)

The memorial included photos, candles, flowers and messages to Shakespeare. (Paul Chavez/Venice Dispatch)

Warren was an advocate for peace and kindness who helped other homeless people, said his friend Mariah on Tuesday while also  calling him a mentor.

“He took care of the loose ends,’ she said in reference to the homeless community.

A handmade sign at the memorial said a gathering would be held Wednesday at 7 p.m. to remember Shakespeare at “hippie hill” on Dudley Avenue and Ocean Front Walk.

Police were on the boardwalk outside the Cadillac Hotel late Monday night and a new private security guard was stationed Tuesday outside the hotel entrance on Dudley Avenue.

The owner of the Cadillac Hotel in Venice Beach was charged with murder on Tuesday for the shooting death of a 26-year-old homeless man. (Paul Chavez/Venice Dispatch)

The owner of the Cadillac Hotel in Venice Beach was charged with murder on Tuesday for the shooting death of a 26-year-old homeless man. (Paul Chavez/Venice Dispatch)

Warren was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics who responded to the shooting on the boardwalk.

A second man suffered a gunshot wound to his leg and was treated and released from a local hospital.

Police earlier identified a suspect in the case as an Hispanic male last seen driving southbound on Speedway in a black SUV after the shooting.

Authorites said the shooting stemmed from an altercation between local residents on the boardwalk that escalated to shots being fired.

Warren was the third person to die by gunfire so far this year in Venice.

Police in May shot and killed homeless man Brendon Glenn, 29, on Windward Avenue after he scuffled with a bouncer and two officers.

Jason Davis, 41,  in July was shot and killed by police who responded to a report of a belligerent man armed with a knife at Groundwork Coffee in the 600 block of Rose Avenue. Police deployed a Taser stun gun on Davis before opening fire and a large box-cutter was later found at the scene.

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