Man Accused of Punching Santa Monica Pub Manager, Who Later Died, Faces Homicide Charge

Man Accused of Punching Santa Monica Pub Manager, Who Later Died, Faces Homicide Charge

Leonard Hector Korpie, 26, was arrested June 11, 2024. (Santa Monica Police Department)

Rudy Blalock
Rudy Blalock


Updated: 6/17/2024


A Venice man who allegedly punched a Santa Monica pub manager, knocking him out, was charged with homicide June 13 after the manager died, according to Santa Monica police.
Leonard Hector Korpie, 26, was arrested June 11 after the incident but was identified by police as the main suspect June 13, according to police Lt. Erika Aklufi.
In the early minutes of June 11, Santa Monica police responded to an altercation near Jameson’s Pub on the 2700 block of Main Street. Police said a fight broke out on the street when several patrons of the pub were asked to leave around midnight, including Mr. Korpie.
When outside, Mr. Korpie allegedly punched the manager, knocking him unconscious.
The manager, who wasn’t identified, was not breathing when police arrived and didn’t respond to CPR and other lifesaving measures, according to police. The manager was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Three patrons were arrested for their involvement in the fight, but Mr. Korpie was the only one charged, according to the press release.
Mr. Korpie is being held on $2 million bail, according to Ms. Aklufi.
Anyone with information on the incident is encouraged to contact Detective Hector Tavera at or the watch commander at 310-458-8427.

Rudy Blalock is a Southern California-based daily news reporter for The Epoch Times. Originally from Michigan, he moved to California in 2017, and the sunshine and ocean have kept him here since. In his free time, he may be found underwater scuba diving, on top of a mountain hiking or snowboarding—or at home meditating, which helps fuel his active lifestyle.

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