Police say murder suspect is a 28-year-old suspected gang member nabbed by LAPD-FBI Fugitive Task Force
By Gary Walker
An LAPD-FBI task force has arrested the alleged gunman involved in the fatal Aug. 30 shooting of a Venice boardwalk musician outside the Cadillac Hotel.
Francisco Guzman, 28, who police say is a local gang member, was taking into custody by the LAPD-FBI Fugitive Task Force at around 10 p.m. on Oct. 5 in Los Angeles, Lt. John Radtke of the LAPD’s West Homicide Bureau said.
Guzman was arraigned on Oct. 7 and pleaded not guilty to one count of murder, one count of attempted murder and a charge of possession of a firearm by a felon. His bail was set at $3 million and he is set to appear in court on Wednesday at the Airport Courthouse in Westchester.
Jascent Jamal Warren, 26, was shot to death near Dudley Avenue and Ocean Front Walk during an altercation between a group of homeless men and Cadillac Hotel owner Sris Sinnathamby. A second man was hospitalized for a non-fatal gunshot wound.
Witnesses have told police that Sinnathamby, 54, had ordered the group not to sleep outside the hotel and appeared to have directed the shooting. He was arrested the next day and has been charged with murder.
Sinnathamby and Guzman will both appear in court on Wednesday to set dates for preliminary hearings, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office spokeswoman Jane Robison said.
The LAPD’s Radtke said he could not confirm assertions that Guzman may have been employed by Sinnathamby to provide security for the hotel, but that police are investigating any possible connections between the two men.
Guzman, whose name also appears Francisco Guzman Cardenaz in court records, was convicted of transporting or selling drugs in 2008, according to Los Angeles Superior Court records.
Radtke said LAPD-FBI Fugitive Task Force commonly works homicide cases with LAPD and that it wasn’t unusual that they were involved in Guzman’s arrest.
“We believe that he was hiding from us and was probably running hot,” Radtke said. “We have great working relationship with the FBI, so we invited them to work with us on the case.”
Police are asking anyone with information about the shooting to contact West Bureau Homicide investigators at (213) 382-9470 or (877) 527-3247 during weekends and non-business hours. Anonymous tips can be reported at (800) 222-8477.