Mike Yepremyan Alleged Text Message Murder Victim – Paul Krekorian asks Senators Barbara Boxer and Diane Feinstein to Demand Federal InvestigationPosted by Rose in Beverly Hills, High Proflie Trials, Hollyweird Criminal Justice, Hollywood, Hollywood Criminal Justice, John J. Nazarian, John J. Nazarian P.I, John Nazarian, John Nazarian PI, Nazarian P. I.
Anger continues to mount that Puerto Rican Judge Gloria Maynard allowed 23-year-old Zareh Manjikian, the primary suspect in the teen text murder of Mike Yepremyan, to post $50,000 bond in late May, despite specific protests by the Los Angeles Police Department and District Attorney Steve Cooley had requested Manjikian’s extradition to Los Angeles on a no bail warrant. U. S. Marshals found 23-year-old Zareh Manjikian, living in a beach town apartment in Carolina, near San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Federal marshals on the island surrounded Zareh Manjikian’s apartment complex in Carolina the capitol of Puerto Rico. The 23-year-old finally appeared, pulled out in his car and headed down the coast. Marshals followed him into a neighboring beach town and, when the opportunity came, swooped and boxed his vehicle in. He was hauled away in cuffs. Judge Gloria Maynard ignored a request from authorities in L.A. to hold Manjikian without bail. Judge Maynard released the murder suspect on May 13 on a $50,000 bond, officials said. Manjikian hasn’t been seen since.
On June 8, 2011 City Councilman Paul Krekorian called for a federal investigation into the decision by the Puerto Rican judge to release the murder suspect. Krekorian introduced a motion calling on the Los Angeles congressional delegation and Senators Barbara Boxer and Diane Feinstein., to push for an investigation by the FBI and other relevant federal agencies.
“I cannot comprehend any justification for this judge to release a murder suspect who may be responsible for brutally taking an innocent life over nothing more than a text message,” Krekorian said. “This bail decision is so completely contrary to standard protocol it defies any explanation based on law, evidence or justice.”
When the slain teenager’s father, Art Yepremyan, took the call from a detective informing him of the arrest, his hands trembled so hard he had to pull off the 405 Freeway. At last, he felt some closure. But that feeling was short-lived. Los Angeles Police Detective Thomas Townsend, who has been investigating the killing, was beside himself. “How do you allow a murder suspect out on a no-bail warrant, how do you not honor that?” he said. “Where’s the justice there?”
“This emotional roller coaster, it’s just terrible,” said John J. Nazarian, a private eye hired by the Yepremyans to help find the suspect. “It was … the worst-case scenario that could be imagined for the parents of a boy who was killed, to see their boy’s killer caught, captured, only to be released.”
The November 2009 killing that Manjikian is accused of committing drew national attention after being detailed in The L. A. Times last year. The events that led to Mike Yepremyan’s death began after he sent a text message to his girlfriend, calling her friend Kat Vardanian a bitch.
According to prosecutors, Vardanian saw the text message and, enraged, called her brother to beat up Yepremyan. Soon after, Yepremyan began receiving phone calls from a stranger who eventually told him to meet him at a Sears parking lot in North Hollywood, according to witnesses. There, Yepremyan and several friends encountered two men. The conversation appeared to be coming to a peaceful conclusion when, suddenly, one man struck Yepremyan. Right after that, authorities said, Manjikian brandished a gun and shot the 19-year-old in the back of his head. Manjikian and the other man, identified by prosecutors as Vahagn Jurian, sped off in a black BMW with no front license plate.
Last week, Jurian’s Van Nuys home was being watched by police, who moved in and arrested the 23-year-old on suspicion of murder after Manjikian’s arrest. He remains in custody on a 3 million dollar bail.
John J. Nazarian predicts there will be other arrests made soon in this case. Let’s hope so for the family of Mike Yepremyan
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June 9, 2011
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