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Published on June 13, 2024
Santa Monica Pub Tragedy, Bar Manager Killed, Venice Resident Charged with HomicideSource: Google Street View

A tragedy unfolded at Jameson's Pub in Santa Monica when a bar manager was fatally injured while attempting to defuse a violent situation outside the establishment that resulted in an immediate police response and the apprehension of the alleged perpetrator.

According to FOX 11, the Santa Monica Police Department received reports of a battery at around 12:05 a.m. Tuesday in the vicinity of the pub located at 2700 Main Street, the management team there faced the challenge of asking several patrons to leave, a situation that escalated when one individual allegedly struck the manager, leading to his subsequent loss of consciousness and although life-saving measures were attempted, his injuries proved to be fatal.

The identity of the bar manager has been withheld pending notification of kin, while the three patrons initially detained have been processed at Santa Monica Jail. Following investigation, Leonard Hector Korpie, a 26-year-old Venice resident, has been identified as the suspect accused of delivering the fatal blow to the victim. As reported by the City of Santa Monica's press release, Korpie is now facing homicide charges and his bail has been set at $2 million.

The incident has prompted a broader conversation regarding safety in nightlife establishments, and as the community grapples with the shocking turn of events, local authorities are reaching out to the public for additional information that may assist with the ongoing inquiry; Detective Tavera and the police department's watch commander being available for contact by concerned individuals or witnesses.