This undated photo provided by the Ventura County District Attorney's Office shows Jamal Jackson. The homeless man has been charged with murder in a random stabbing attack in which a man was killed while he was sitting down to dinner with his wife and child at a beachside steakhouse in Southern California restaurant. (Ventura County District Attorney's Office via AP)
This undated photo provided by the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office shows Jamal Jackson. The homeless man has been charged with murder in a random stabbing attack in which a man was killed while he was sitting down to dinner with his wife and child at a beachside steakhouse in Southern California restaurant. (Ventura County District Attorney’s Office via AP)

LOS ANGELES — A homeless man who randomly stabbed a man to death as he was holding his daughter in a crowded Southern California restaurant was reported just a few hours earlier for disruptive behavior but police ultimately determined he was not a threat, authorities said Saturday.

Jamal Jackson, 49, is facing a first-degree murder charge in the death of 35-year-old Anthony Mele. He was being held in Ventura County jail on a $1.5 million bail. It was unclear if Jackson, who is also a convicted felon, had an attorney to speak on his behalf.

Mele and his wife were eating dinner with their 5-year-old daughter Wednesday at Aloha Steakhouse in Ventura. The girl was sitting on her…