In an amazing twist of turns right out of the pages of a Michael Connelly or Joseph Wambaugh novel (best-selling authors famous for writing about crimes in Los Angeles), the owner of a Venice, California hotel has been arrested for the Venice shootings that took one man’s life and injured another on Sept. 30. According to today’s (Aug. 31) smmirror the suspect, a Venice resident who owns the Cadillac Hotel is being held in lieu of f $5 million bail in connection with the murder at Venice Beach.
The Mirror reported that the Los Angeles Police Department said that the hotelier, who was identified by locals as Sris Sinnathamby, a 54-year-old Sri Lankan immigrant, was taken into custody at 8:10 a.m. Sunday and booked on suspicion of murder. Sources say that the the LAPD would not immediately confirm the suspect’s name, with a spokesman saying that the release of the man’s name or image by the department “could taint the investigation.” The suspect was arrested “for his involvement in the murder,” the spokesman said.
However he SM Mirror stated that Sinnathamby’s name was listed on the sheriff’s Inmate Information Center website, which reported that he was being held in lieu of $5 million bail. The attack, wh ich happened yesterday on Rose Avenue and Ocean Front Walk, a beachfront area popular with tourists and resident, was witnessed by a person who said that someone fired several shots within a group of homeless people at the oceanfront park, which is also a frequent sleeping place for those without shelter. The victim of the shooting is Jascent-Jamal Lee Warren, 26. The injured victim is a man around 40 years old who was shot in the leg and treated at a local hospital.
The Cadillac Hotel, which is owned by the suspect, is an iconic Art Deco property dating back to 1914 that’s located on Dudley Avenue in Venice, California. According to CBS2 the owner of the Cadillac Hotel, reportedly suffered head injuries at the hands of some homeless men after the shooting. According to unconfirmed sources a fight broke out in front of the hotel where the homeless people were camping and the cause of the shooting appears to have been triggered by a dispute amontglocals.
The suspect is thought to have fled the scene of the bloody crime in a black SUV going south on Speedway alley. If you were anywhere in the vicinity of the shooting or know something about it you are asked to call LAPD’s West Bureau Homicide office at (213) 382-9470.