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5 Attempted Murder Suspects in Custody

Santa Monica Police arrested the five believed to be involved in a stabbing incident on the Santa Monica Pier around 1:20 a.m. Saturday.

Alex Akob Akbari. Credit: Santa Monica Police
Alex Akob Akbari. Credit: Santa Monica Police

The Santa Monica Police Department arrested five individuals whom they believe were involved in a stabbing incident on the Santa Monica Pier around 1:20 a.m. on Jan. 18.  

According to the victims and to witnesses, the incident occurred on a fishing deck on the far west end of the Pier when five individuals began arguing with two others, who had been fishing.  

The argument escalated to the point where the group of five attacked the other two. During the altercation, both victims were stabbed multiple times in the torso and arms.  

The suspects left the Pier fishing deck and walked east on the Pier. The victims reported the incident to Pier and Harbor Service Officers who immediately began to administer first aid until Santa Monica Fire Department Paramedics arrived. 

SMPD Officers, who were working on the Pier at the time, were notified and responded. The officers saw a group of individuals walking east on the Pier who matched the description of the assailants and subsequently detained them.  Identifications were later made of the group, implicating them in the crime. 

The victims were transported to a local trauma center where the more serious of the two was immediately sent to surgery for attention to his wounds.  Both victims are in stable condition and expected to survive.

All five of the suspects were booked for attempted homicide. Four of them are adults and bail was set at $1,000,000 for each of them. The other suspect arrested was a minor. He was booked into juvenile hall and no bail has been set for him.

Bkg# 3824960, Ovoian, Araik, M/O, 12/12/89, 24 years old, of Burbank

Bkg #3824964, Bagdasaryan, Gevork, M/O, 12/30/94, 19 years old, of Burbank

Bkg #3824968 Akbari, Alex Akob, M/O, 6/1/95, 18 years old, of Burbank

Bkg #3824962 Manukyan, Agavni, M/O, 8/23/92, 21 years old, of Glendale

M/W, Juvenile, 16 years old, of Burbank

Anyone having information regarding this crime is asked to call the Santa Monica Police Department’s Investigations Division at (310) 458-8451 during normal business hours.  Information may also be reported to the Communications Center after hours at (310) 458-8491. 

Anonymous tipsters may contact Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477) or www.lacrimestoppers.org. To text an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers; please view their webpage for detailed instructions.  If the information leads to an arrest, the tipster is eligible to receive a reward of up to $1, 000.00. 

Apolinaire January 19, 2014 at 09:27 AM
What were these armed criminals doing on the Santa Monica Pier at 1:30 a.m. anyway?
Maria Fotopoulos January 19, 2014 at 02:25 PM
Apparently being criminals.

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