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One of two suspects in killing of MTV music coordinator is booked in second slaying case

One of two people arrested on suspicion of slaying an MTV music coordinator has also been booked in connection with the killing of man during a shotgun robbery in April, police said Thursday.

Gabriel Aron Ben-Meir Los Angeles residents Jabaar Vincent Thomas, 26, and Destiny Young, 29, were booked on suspicion of Sunday's execution-style slaying of 30-year-old Gabriel Aron Ben-Meir in Mid-Wilshire, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

Thomas was also booked on suspicion of slaying Marcelo Aragon, who was struck by a shotgun blast in an April 30 robbery as he walked through a residential area in Pico Union, LAPD Officer Sara Faden said.

Thomas and Young were initially arrested Wednesday in connection with a string of recent robberies in which the attackers were armed with a shotgun, the same type of weapon used in the killing of Ben-Meir, the LAPD said.

Police said they were able to link the pair to the Ben-Meir case from witness statements and other evidence.

Thomas and Young are suspected of committing at least nine armed robberies in the last two weeks in the Mid-City, Wilshire and Southwest Los Angeles areas, LAPD Capt. Matt Blake said.

San Fernando Valley resident Richard Edward Anderson, 33, was also arrested in connection with those robberies. Police said Anderson had not been linked to Ben-Meir's slaying.

Thomas was being held in lieu of $2 million bail, police said, and Young was being held on $1 million bail.


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-- Andrew Blankstein (Twitter: @anblanx) and Robert J. Lopez (Twitter: @LAJourno)

Photo: Gabriel Aron Ben-Meir


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