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Killing of businessman in Stevenson Ranch a mystery

Investigators have yet to identify a suspect or determine a motive in the death of a businessman who was gunned down in a Stevenson Ranch parking lot Tuesday night moments after leaving a holiday party.

Los Angeles County sheriff’s homicide detectives said Nabil Tawab, 37, of Porter Ranch was fatally shot about 6:30 p.m. near a Wells Fargo bank building in the 26600 block of The Old Road.

Deputies from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station found Tawab lying on the ground near his car.

According to sheriff’s officials, Tawab and several business associates were having a holiday party inside an office building. People who attended the gathering told investigators that Tawab had left the party to retrieve something from his car, which was parked just outside the front door. Moments later, they heard two to three gunshots.

Paramedics took Tawab to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead, authorities said.

Sheriff’s Department spokesman Sgt. David Infante described the location of the shooting as a commercial area of Stevenson Ranch, an affluent enclave nestled in the foothills of the Santa Susana Mountains just west of the 5 Freeway.

On its website, the Stevenson Ranch Homeowners Assn. describes the community as “one of the safest in comparison with the rest of the Santa Clarita Valley.”

On Wednesday, residents said they remained confident that their typically low-crime community would remain so.

“This is a very safe bedroom community,” said Ron Mechsner, president of the West Ranch Town Council, an advisory council that represents the communities of Stevenson Ranch, Sunset Pointe, Southern Oaks and Westridge before the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. “We are not immune to violent crime, but it’s not indicative to our area.”

In addition to patrols by sheriff’s deputies,  a private security firm hired by the homeowners association’s management company conducts 24-hour patrols in the area.

The community also has an active Neighborhood Watch committee.

Mechsner, a Stevenson Ranch resident since 2000, said that when crimes do occur in the community, they typically involve offenses such as burglaries or thefts from vehicles.

He added that people should “be aware of their circumstances, use common sense and take precautions,” and that there should be no need for panic.

“We are confident that the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department does an excellent job; and they will investigate and find the culprit,” Mechsner said.

-- Ann M. Simmons

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On its website, the Stevenson Ranch Homeowners Assn. describes the community as “one of the safest in comparison with the rest of the Santa Clarita Valley." This was a very rude remark. Many of us have lived in this valley for close to fifty years and know that crimes happen in all areas of the valley, but we don't point fingers at other areas when unfortunate things happen. I think someone may want to go back and check records in regard to crimes in their own area.

Lola...I think you need to do some research and check your facts before you get offended because Westridge IS one of the safest places in SCV (obviously you have never been there before).The statement is not meant to point fingers, or be "rude", it's clearly a fact. Yes, crimes happen everywhere but murder doesn't happen frequently in this area.

Hmm, did he get a phone call that drew him outside? This sound's like a set up to me. Of course I am not a professional but living in Los Angeles, the obvious gotcha theories just start to circumvent.

Crime runs rampant everywhere even in the safest of communities. But I would not want to brag to the entire criminal element "hey look at us we are the safest community" Yes, the gauntlet has been dropped.

Some of the biggest crooks in the nation live in Stevenson Ranch; Safe? It's Mob Central!

It is going onto 3 weeks now this Man was my father I have heard nothing from the detectives or police. I can not sleep at night knowing the killer is still out there if anyone has any info that might be able to asist me or my family please get in contact with us.


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