Crime & Justice

Man pleads not guilty in Venice homeless beating

File: Venice
File: Venice

A reputed gang member has pleaded not guilty to assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly beating a homeless man in Venice with a folding chair and a pipe - an attack that was captured on video.

Los Angeles County prosecutors say 31-year-old Apolinar Lopez entered the plea Tuesday and is free on bail. He faces up to 11 years in prison if convicted.

Authorities say Lopez has previous convictions for possessing cocaine base for sale.

The homeless man beaten during the Dec. 13 attack had head injuries and a broken arm.

Police told City News Service that the men knew each other and had some sort of dispute.