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Elderly man arrested in slaying of family in Little Armenia

A man walks through the building in Hollywood where Karine Hakobyan was found shot to death in her car. Credit: Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times

A man in his 70s has been arrested in connection with the slaying of three members of a Hollywood family, including an 8-year-old girl.

An undated family photo shows Karine Hakobyan. Credit: Associated Press The suspect, whose name was not immediately released, was initially detained on an unrelated charge but police said they have evidence he is involved in the slaying that shocked the Little Armenia area, law enforcement sources told The Times.

In December 2008, a gunman burst into a Hollywood apartment and shot Khachik Safaryan and his 8-year-old daughter. Safaryan's 12-year-old daughter discovered the bodies later that day.

Eighteen months later, Safaryan's widow, Karine Hakobyan, 38, was found slumped in her car with a gunshot wound to the back of the head, blocks away from the first crime scene. The daughter, once again, discovered the body.

Several months later, the girl drafted -- but never sent -- a letter to President Obama and other leaders, including Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, asking for help in solving the case, recounting how the loss changed her family.

"I am hoping that you, Mr. President, will find time to put pressure ... to solve the hideous murder of my beloved sister and father," she wrote. "I still see the bloody bodies of my sister and my father as I found them that day."

The family immigrated to the U.S. in 2003. Safaryan worked as a butcher in Hollywood, and his wife worked as a patient-care service aide at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Police have said they have no evidence the victims were involved in criminal activities in Armenia or the U.S.

-- Andrew Blankstein and Richard Winton

Upper photo: A man walks through the building in Hollywood where Karine Hakobyan was found shot to death in her car. Credit: Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times

Lower photo: A family photo of Karine Hakobyan. Credit: Associated Press


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What a sad story all around. I hope they have the right guy and that he pays...

sounds very fishy.

I thought Little Armenia was Glendale, or is Glendale now big Armenia?

Is this man of Turkish decent?

Interesting story!

So how is this 70 yr old man related to the crime?

You're news coulumn states that "In December 2008, a gunman..." and then followed by "Eighteen months later...". That would place the date of 18 months later to June 2010 which has not occured yet. Seems like the timeline got mixed up.

Sounds like a case for Harry Bosch...

so is the crime rate still dropping?

What was the purpose of this story? Police have detained a man they think was involved but no details on who he is or how he's connected. Seriously?

Did they immigrate to this country legally? If not, Arizonian rhetoric would say they got what they deserved.

How sad for this girl!

I'm sure this was just two random killings of the same family. NOT. how can the police not think that these are related? 18 months apart? That's not a coincidence.



poor girl ...im not sure if she will ever find peace


There's a "Little Armenia" as well? So much for assimilation....

December 2008 + 18 months later = June 2010. Am I missing something? Is this a precursor to what is GOING to happen?

To Sam: the suspect's name is Alberd Tersargyan. Does that answer your question about his ethnic background?

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