A 38-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of killing a homeless man, whose body was found inside a at a Venice homeless encampment, police said Saturday.
The man’s body, bearing signs of blunt force trauma, was discovered at an encampment near Ocean Front Walk and Dudley Avenue around 3:30 p.m. Friday, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The victim’s name was withheld pending notification of next of kin.
Around 5:50 p.m. Friday, at Third and Sunset avenues — the site of a different homeless encampment — police arrested Michael McClain of Venice on suspicion of the killing after LAPD homicide detectives learned that a fight had been overheard earlier in the day and that the 911 caller who reported the death said the victim had an ongoing dispute with McClain.
A motive for the killing was unknown.
No bail or court information was immediately available.
Anyone with information on this homicide was asked to call LAPD’s West Bureau Homicide unit at 213-382-9470 or the LAPD’s 24-hour tipline at 877-527-3247. Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.