LAPD seeks link between restaurant massacre, 2007 execution-style slaying

by Richard Winton and Robert Faturechi (LA Times)
April 9, 2010

Los Angeles police detectives are looking for connections between the slaying of a man in the Hollywood Hills three years ago and last weekend’s fatal shooting of four men at a San Fernando Valley restaurant.

Investigators said that some of the victims in the restaurant shooting knew the 24-year-old man who was shot several times in the head and dumped along Mulholland Drive on March 12, 2007. Like the restaurant slaying, the killing of Akop Akopyan appeared to be a execution-style hit. His slaying remains unsolved.

Law enforcement sources told The Times that detectives are looking for possible links between the cases but are not sure if the same assailant is responsible or what the connection might be.

Detectives have been stymied in their probe into Saturday’s shooting at a Valley Village Middle Eastern eatery. Sources say witnesses have given conflicting accounts and may not be telling detectives all they know. Police believe the killing is tied to Armenian organized crime, but they don’t have a motive.

The victims were Hayt Yegnanyan, 25; Sarkis Karadjian, 26; Harut Baburyan, 28; and Vardan Tofalyan, 31.

LAPD Det. Thomas Small, who is investigating Akopyan’s 2007 killing, said some of the dead men’s names are part of that slaying probe but because it is ongoing investigation he cannot say whether they were ever suspects.

Sources, who spoke on the condition that they not be named because of the ongoing investigation, said none of the restaurant shooting victims were considered suspects in Akopyan’s death.

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