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Alleged gunman in L.A. mass shooting held in Seattle [Updated]

April 21, 2010 |  6:58 pm

Nerses Arthur Galstyan, 28, was wanted in connection with the killings of four men at a Valley Village restaurant earlier this month. A man wanted in connection with the slaying of four people in a Valley Village restaurant has been captured by federal authorities in the Seattle area.

Nerses Arthur Galstyan, 28, and his brother Samuel Galstyan were taken into custody Tuesday evening in the suburb of Kenmore, law enforcement sources told The Times. The men are expected to be returned as early as Wednesday to the Los Angeles area.

Nerses Arthur Galstyan is suspected in the April 3 shootings. Investigators believe a sudden outburst of anger was behind the attack against six acquaintances at the Hot Spot Mediterranean Restaurant on Riverside Drive in Valley Village.

The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity,  have not said what role, if any, his brother played in the incident.

Police said Nerses Galstyan was among a group of guests attending an afternoon celebration in honor of a friend who had died in an accident a year earlier. Authorities allege that a quarrel broke out and Galstyan began shooting. Hayk Yegnanyan, 25; Sarkis Karadjian, 26; Harut Baburyan, 28; and Vardan Tofalyan, 31, were killed, and two other men were wounded. Galstyan fled, police said. 

But based in part on information uncovered in the homicide investigation, a federal grand jury in the Central District of California, which includes Los Angeles  County, indicted Galstyan on charges of dealing firearms without a license and possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number.

-- Richard Winton

Correction: An earlier version of this post incorrectly spelled the name of victim Hayk Yegnanyan.

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Photo: Nerses Arthur Galstyan, 28, is wanted in connection with the killings of four men at a Valley Village restaurant earlier this month.
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