A male suspect who police said was shot and killed by a private security guard during an alleged robbery on June 25 outside the Hollywood Hills home of fashion mogul Richard Saghian has been identified as Ethan Wilson Jr., of Los Angeles.
Two other male suspects who were arrested for the alleged crime have not been identified by police. The incident remains under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department’s Robbery-Homicide Bureau, which oversees high-profile cases.
The shooting was reported at approximately 2:05 a.m. in the 1400 block of Blue Jay Way, in the Bird Streets area of the Hollywood Hills, north of the Sunset Strip. Police believe the suspects followed a Rolls Royce belonging to Saghian, who is CEO of the company Fashion Nova. Two men armed with handguns and wearing ski masks allegedly exited the vehicle and forced two victims in the Rolls Royce to exit and lay on the ground, police said. The suspects attempted to steal luxury watches and jewelry, authorities added.
As the robbery was occurring, an armed security guard exited the home and exchanged gunfire with the suspects, police said. Authorities did not identify the victims. Media reports stated they were business associates of Saghian. He had already entered the home and was not injured. Detectives have not announced whether Saghian was specifically targeted or the suspects randomly saw the Rolls Royce and followed it with the intent of robbing the occupants of the vehicle.
After the exchange of gunfire with the security guard, who was also shot and hospitalized in critical condition, the suspects fled in an Audi described as the getaway car, police said. Officers pulled the car over near Santa Monica Boulevard and Doheny Drive. The deceased suspect had sustained a gunshot to the abdomen and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. A second suspect was shot in the ankle and was treated at a hospital before being turned over to police. The third suspect was not injured and was taken into custody. A gun was found in the vehicle, police said.
Detectives are trying to determine the sequence of events leading up to the alleged robbery and whether the suspects were involved in similar previous hold-ups in the Hollywood area. The suspects are facing robbery charges. Anyone with information is urged to call LAPD Robbery-Homicide Division detectives at (213)486-6840. During weekends and off-hours, call the LAPD’s hotline at (877)LAPD247.
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