Cadillac Hotel Owner Charged with Murder in Venice Boardwalk Shooting

Posted September 2, 2015 by The Argonaut in News

Victim killed early Sunday morning is the fourth homeless man to die violently in Venice since April

By Gary Walker and Joe Piasecki

A memorial to shooting victim Jascent-Jamal Lee Warren, known to friends on the boardwalk as Shakespeare, was still growing on Tuesday at Dudley Avenue and Ocean Front Walk Photo by Jorge M. Vargas Jr.

A memorial to shooting victim Jascent-Jamal Lee Warren, known to friends on the boardwalk as Shakespeare, was still growing on Tuesday at Dudley Avenue and Ocean Front Walk
Photo by Jorge M. Vargas Jr.

County prosecutors have charged the owner of the Cadillac Hotel with murder following a deadly late-night shooting on the Venice boardwalk that killed one homeless man and injured another.

Sris Sinnathamby, 54, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday during his arraignment at the Los Angeles Superior Court’s Airport Branch in Westchester. Bail was set at $1 million and he returns to court Oct. 14, L.A. County District Attorney’s office spokeswoman Jane Robison said.

The shooting occurred at about 2 a.m. Sunday outside the Cadillac Hotel at the corner of Dudley Avenue and Ocean Front Walk, LAPD officer Drake Madison said.

Officers responding to the shooting found 26 year-old Jascent-Jamal Lee Warren dead at the scene.

A second shooting victim in his 40s was wounded in the leg and taken to a local hospital for treatment.

LAPD officers arrested Sinnathamby at about 8 a.m. Sunday, according to jail records.

A source close to the investigation who did not wish to be identified said witnesses have told police that Sinnathamby did not fire the shots but was with the gunman, a Latino male who fled the scene and is still at large. The source said witnesses also told police that directly prior to the shooting a group of homeless people had gathered on the boardwalk near the hotel and Sinnathamby was ordering them not to sleep there.

A woman who said she witnessed the shooting told the Los Angeles Times that she saw and heard Sinnathamby order the unidentified gunman to shoot at the homeless men.

“It appears that some type of argument ensued with some of the locals on the boardwalk, and that’s when shots were fired,” LAPD officer Mike Lopez said.

L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin, who represents Venice, condemned Warren’s killing, calling it “an outrageous and unacceptable” act of violence and “an unprovoked attack that is both horrifying and disturbing.”

Warren is the fourth homeless man to die violently in Venice in just the past five months.

A homeless man has been charged with killing another homeless man during an April 19 assault near the intersection of Abbot Kinney Boulevard and California Avenue, according to police.

Brendon Glenn, 29, was shot to death by police on May 5 during an altercation on Windward Avenue near the beach. The shooting is still under investigation by police.

Jason Davis, a 41-year-old homeless man, was shot and killed by police on July 13 as he wielded a knife outside Groundwork Coffee Co. on Rose Avenue.

It’s a pattern that alarms homeless advocate Steve Clare, executive director of the Venice Community Housing Corp.

Despite city affordable housing creation policies appearing to move forward after years of stagnation, Clare said City Hall must do more to ensure that homeless people and those who encounter homeless people remain safe in the meantime.

“I think the city has to provide safe, legal places for people to sleep outside. In my view that means designating areas in public parks, including Venice Beach, where homeless people can sleep. There could be LAPD patrols to make sure everyone is safe and no one is engaging in illegal activity … designated safe spaces, rather than [homeless] people distributing themselves all over the place,” Clare said.

“Unhoused people need protection, just like everybody else,” he said.

Police are asking that anyone with information about last weekend’s shooting call LAPD’s West Homicide Bureau at (213) 382-9470.



    This is regrettably the result of our failure to do right by the needy. Homelessness, which stands at mere 1% of the US population, in a nation of this caliber should be unheard of, if not unconstitutional. It’s a basic humanitarian instinct to take care of the needy and in some religions, one being Islam, one cannot deny help to the needy. Our government needs to embrace this ancient right and human instinct by providing proper medical care, counseling, rehabilitation and safe shelter to these people so that citizens don’t have to find themselves in such compromising situations as did this hotel owner (not that murder is ever right.)

    Venice, perhaps the most loved town in the US, is besieged by the homeless and the deeply disturbed EVERY day and night of the year. How can we allow Venice and or any great community of this nation to endure this hardship. This has been a very telling year indeed. The economy is growing, people are making money, presumably paying more taxes, yet 4 homeless were killed in our own neighborhood! It’s truly a sad sign of our priorities, if not our most basic values. How long are we going to continue to walk on these helpless people’s backs on the way to the bank before we realize how truly inhumane we’ve become and, if for no other reason, how little the solution actually costs in proportion to our nation’s wealth?

    Nick Antonicello

    There is a sense that Venice has become seemingly unhinged, devoid of any leadership in this time of rapid change and gentrification. As home values skyrocket and Venice becomes less and less affordable, this strange dynamic of increased violence flies in the face of a community that should be safer and less violent.
    The deteriorating conditions at OFW are unacceptable where restrooms remain closed and the maintenance of Venice Beach is almost nonexistent. OFW has become a breeding ground for criminal transient activity that has overwhelmed our community and the same problems of homelessness, high crime and lack of services go unaddressed by city officials.
    Where is the leadership that was promised to manage Venice Beach? Where is a plan to implement meaningful change and progress?
    Our political leadership has apparently buried their heads in the sands of flawed public policy and failure versus offering something meaningful and specific to Venetians.
    Why is there no serious outreach to those who want to be part of a meaningful solution. Some say if you put five Venetians in a room you may derive six opinions, but that passion needs to be harnessed and unified in a way that addresses these serious issues that have been ignored and unaddressed for so long!
    It is unacceptable that an international destination resort like Venice become a dangerous and crime ridden locale that cannot solve these problems.
    If the City of Los Angeles is incapable or unwilling to seriously address these issues within a reasonable timeline, the time to consider cityhood for Venice as a serious alternative to the gridlock we have today may be the only real hope for serious engagement of these issues currently strangling this urban beach enclave.

    Chris right

    Half of these “homeless ” people are young drug addicts that decided to have this lifestyle – do drugs , not work and steal for a living.

      Herbert Warren

      Half of these “homeless” people are young drug addicts….and you know this as fact based upon what??? Where are you getting your statistics from?

      Remember the title of the article that is being commented on, “Cadillac Hotel Owner Charged with Murder in Venice Boardwalk Shooting”. According to all reports and I witness accounts, the owner of the hotel wasn’t under attack or in jeopardy in any way. He took it upon himself to cleanup Venice Beach homeless problem by ordering the murder of homeless people. So, lets say you are right, lets even say that 100% of homeless are drug addicts. So, the American way is to line them all up and walk down the line shooting them all in the head or heart. Is that America? Are you saying, because they are young, drug addicts and homeless the hotel owner, who was not in jeopardy at all is justified to commit murder. Chris, really! Think about it??

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