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Mike's parents Ani and Art Yepremyan

L. A. times Reporter Robert Faturechi stated in an article that; “A suspect in a fatal Los Angeles shooting who was captured in Puerto Rico only to flee again after being released on bail was arrested in Van Nuys on Thursday afternoon, law enforcement sources said. Zareh Manjikian is suspected of fatally shooting a 19-year-old just hours after the teen sent an insulting text message in a bizarre slaying that drew wide-scale media attention.

More than a year after the slaying, Manjikian was tracked down to a beach town outside Puerto Rico’s capital city, San Juan, where federal authorities arrested him.”

Authorities had asked Judge Gloria Maynard in Puerto Rico to hold Manjikian without bail during extradition proceedings, but she set bail at $50,000. Zareh Manjikian promptly paid the bond and fled Puerto Rico that “shocked police in Los Angeles, who have been investigating the case for more than 18 months”, and Mike Ypremyan’s parents, Ani and Art Yepremyan who could not believe that a judge had allowed Manjikian to be released on a no bond request by U. S. Marshals.

On Thursday afternoon, Manjikian was arrested by a federal fugitive task force at the courthouse in Van Nuys. The murder suspect was attempting to turn himself in, but was arrested before he could, said LAPD Det. Thomas Townsend. When Manjikian was first captured by U.S. marshals in Puerto Rico, his brother was arrested with him on unrelated charges. Authorities said that it appears Manjikian, after being released on bail, may have assumed his brother’s identity to fly from the island territory to Philadelphia, and then to Las Vegas, before coming to Los Angeles. The decision to turn himself in may have been motivated by pressure from “close associates” in Los Angeles who had come under scrutiny from police and federal agents since Manjikian fled, authorities said.

“This is what we’ve all been waiting for,” said the family’s private investigator, John Nazarian. “We’re all very pleased that the error in judgment we watched in Puerto Rico has been corrected by police here in Los Angeles.”

C.J. Lin, Staff Writer of the Contra Costa Times reported; ” The suspected gunman in the fatal 2009 shooting of a Granada Hills man was arrested Thursday, just weeks after skipping bail in Puerto Rico and evading federal authorities. Zareh Manjikian, 23, was arrested at Van Nuys Superior Court, where he had gone to surrender in the shooting death of 19-year-old Mike Yepremyan in North Hollywood.

“I wanted to surrender and straighten things out,” Manjikian told KCBS-Channel 2, which he had called to alert to his surrender. “I want people to know that I am innocent and I’m coming clean once and for all.”

“While the suspect is now safely behind bars, however, I will not relent in demanding that we get to the bottom of his shocking release by the court in Puerto Rico,” said Councilman Paul Krekorian, who has called for a federal investigation into the judge’s actions.

Manjikian is being held without bail. John Nazarian, a private investigator hired by the victim’s family, called Manjikian’s surrender “bizarre.” “The only reason why he showed up, the only reason why he turned himself in,” he said, “was because there was no place for this guy to hide.”

John J. Nazarian has an article up on Desperate Exes.com that is well worth a read on his feelings about this as well as the interview that Manjikian gave to KCBS-Channel 2 as FBI agents was arresting him.

http://desperateexes.com/2011/07/14/zareh-manjikian-is-in-the-house-the-jailhouse/

And the video on Nazarian’s site at: http://desperateexes.com/2011/07/15/video-yepremyans-respond-to-murder-suspects-arrest/

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July 15, 2011
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Mike Yepremyan Tomb Stone

C.J. Lin of the Los Angeles Daily News is reporting that Rep. “Buck” McKeon wants answers in release of suspect in killing at North Hollywood Sears’ lot as outrage after man sought in 2009 shooting skips bail in Puerto Rico continues to grow in California over the teen text murder.

Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita on Tuesday, July 6 2011, in a letter to U. S. Attorney General Eric Holder asked him to investigate the release of the suspected killer of a Granada Hills teen by a Puerto Rican judge despite authorities’ requests to keep him in custody. Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon has asked for information on the release of Zaren Manjikian, who is wanted on suspicion of killing 19-year-old Mike Yepremyan in a Sears parking lot in North Hollywood in November 2009.

Zaren Manjikian allegedly shot Yepremyan in the back of the head over a text message in which he called someone a “bitch,” police said. As we all know since Rose Speaks and the L. A. Times have continued the coverage and after an 18-month investigation, U.S. Marshals tracked Manjikian to an apartment in Puerto Rico and arrested him in May. Authorities asked Puerto Rican Judge Gloria Maynard to hold Manjikian, 23, without bail during extradition proceedings. But Maynard set a bail of $50,000. Manjikian posted 10 percent of it, was released from custody, and promptly disappeared again.

“The action of this judge in Puerto Rico was an affront to law enforcement, effectively nullifying nearly two years of work LAPD detectives put in to capture the killer of Mike Yepremyan,” wrote L. A Councilman Paul Krekorian asked those questions in a letter that Representative McKeon forwarded to U. S. Attorney General Holder. “To ignore a no-bail arrest warrant and extradition request, and to release a murder suspect who is a proven flight risk on absurdly low bail of $50,000, is an abrogation of justice and puts the public at great and unnecessary risk,” Krekorian wrote. “There can be no rational explanation for this bizarre decision by Judge Maynard that would be consistent with the faithful performance of her duties as a judge.”

L. A Councilman Krekorian has also asked U.S. Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer to pressure Puerto Rican officials to catch Manjikian. A motion that Krekorian authored that calls for a federal investigation will likely be heard by the council this week or next.

“There certainly should be a federal probe,” said John Nazarian, the Yepremyans’ private investigator and spokesman. “For the family, it was another devastating blow. “To have Judge Maynard to make such a casual, off-the-cuff decision, is almost criminal. It is a total outrage and a slap in the face of every legitimate judge.”

A second suspect in the case, Vahagn Jurian, has also been charged with murder. Jurian, 23, was arrested during a traffic stop last month, police said. He was ordered to be handed over for trial by California Judge Nudell this week for the teen text murder case. Jurian is suspected of driving the getaway car after Manjikian allegedly shot Yepremyan.

In a text message sent to Mike Yepremyan’s girlfriend, Yepremyan called his girlfriend’s friend, Kat Vardanian, a bitch, said Detective Richard Wheeler of LAPD North Hollywood Division. Vardanian was with the girlfriend at the time and saw the text message. She memorized his number and began calling family and friends, Wheeler said. Mike Yepremyan began receiving calls from strangers to meet at the Sears parking lot. Manjikian and Jurian met him there, Wheeler said.

Art Yepremyan, Mike’s father, said he was glad to hear of the possibility of a federal investigation. He was still trying to comprehend how Manjikian could have been released. “Justice is going to be taken,” Art Yepremyan said. “This was our only son. And he was killed for what?”

John J. Nazarian remains in contact with Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon’s staff at the representative’s Washington D. C. office to monitor the progress of the request for an investigation, in an exclusive comment to Rose Speaks.com Mr. Nazarian remains hopeful that those responsible for the murder of Mike will be brought to justice. John J. Nazarian predicts that more arrests will come.

I am wondering now that Vahagn Jurian has been ordered to stand trial on the murder if this might not be a great chance for him to make a deal with the state and not go down alone for this horrible teen text murder.

Desperate Exes.com also has an article up about Vahagn Jurian being held over for trial on the murder charges well worth a read:

http://desperateexes.com/2011/07/06/its-trial-time-for-text-message-murder-defendant-vahagn-jurian/.

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July 6, 2011
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LA Deputy DA Edward Nison and Alex Kessel

Well here we are going into day three of the prelim and it is nothing short of a war. Day three will be June 30, 2011. The last two have been a battle of two great legal minds, Alex Kessel for the defense and LA Deputy DA Edward Nison for the prosecution. Mr. Kessel has to be in Federal Court on Monday and he and his client, Vahagn Jurian agreed to the June 30 date. For the defense you have one of the best defense attorneys money will buy, Alex Kessel. Funny this is “great” lawyer number two, the first was none other than Anthony Brooklier. How are these retainers being paid, you have to wonder? First we had Khatun ‘Kat’ Vardanian arrested for murder and Brooklier was brought into the case, and now her “cuz” is charged with murder and we have Mr. Kessel. Thousands of dollars are being spent and it is a sunny day for defense lawyers, you have to love these Armenians!

Vahagn Jurian aka “the little guy” aka “shorty” was reported as the driver who assisted in getting the gunmen out of the area after they killed Mike Yepremyan. Yes, I know he did not pull the trigger and it is being presented that he did not know what was going to happen. Now, here is the rub if you will, I go someplace to “talk“ and out of nowhere one of my friends pulls a gun and murders someone!!!! I agree, Holly Shit! Most people would either stay to talk to the police or even render help. Or, here is a good one, go to the nearest police station and tell the cops what had just happened. Not “the short guy,” no siree. Napoleon does what every innocent person does, he flees the scene and then the country, all behavior of an “innocent bystander”…please, who is selling this? Let’s hope that Judge Nudell is not buying it.

Well, (I am channeling Jack Benny here) Judge Karen J. Nudell’s Van Nuys courtroom was given even more testimony as to the issue of “Hand Jobs.” Part of what Mike Yepremyan did not want to say when he initially met with Vahagn and Zareh just before they killed him was he was not happy that his girlfriend was with “The Bitch.” The other issue was that Khatun “Kat” Vardanian was going to some adult store to buy “LUBE”, to use on one of her boyfriend’s wanker!!! It appears she likes to jerk some guy off and likes to make sure all goes smoothly. Folks, I don’t make this stuff up, it was discussed in an open courtroom in Division 112, Van Nuys, California. We have the driver, “Little Shorty” or “The Short One,” “Small One,” Vahagn Jurian going to the aid and honor of his cousin, Khatun ‘Kat’ Vardanian who is shopping for “LUBE” so as to give a nice and smooth “Hand Job“ to her very lucky boyfriend(s).

So, am I to understand clearly that all of this, Mike Yepremyan’s murder, was for one, texting to his girlfriend that Ms. Vardanian was a “bitch“ and now also keep in mind this was a private text message to his girlfriend Danielle. And the back story was also involving “lube“ and “handjobs”? Back in court on June 30th, all we will need is “raincoats” and “umbrellas,” at this pace.

Once again Desperate Exes.com give us a unique view into Divorce Hollywood Style and John J. Nazarian has a new update on the murder of Mike Yepremyan’s latest murder suspect. There are more arrests coming is John J. Nazarian’s prediction.

http://desperateexes.com/2011/06/19/prelim-for-murder-suspect-vahagn-jurian-heats-up/

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©John J. Nazarian
June 23, 2011
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Ani and Art Yepremyan with son Mike in happier days

Lately I have been flooded with “Where is John’s response to the arrest of those responsible for the murder of Mike Yepremyan?” Well it is coming and coming real soon, I am holding off for awhile, but here is a sample, “The Armenian Factor.” What is that you ask? It will be a piece based on my experience and from my perspective of a group known for being liars, cheats and thieves. Got your attention well standby. Here is another truth, I have spoken to well over a dozen American Armenians, get 10 Armenians in a room, 8.25 of them will be ‘bad news’, the other 1.75 will be like the Yepremyans. You know, hard-working people who have real family ties and values…unlike those responsible for the COLD-BLOODED murder of their only son. It is “The Armenian Factor” that so hindered this investigation, that closed ranks to protect killer scum in their midst even though they were responsible for the senseless murder of a “fellow” Armenian.

Zareh Manjikian’s release by that moron in Puerto Rico is an insult to every real judge that ever sat on the bench. Zareh Manjikian was arrested in May in San Juan, Puerto Rico as a suspect involved in the San Fernando Valley murder in 2009 of Hombert “Mike” Yepremyan. Judge Gloria Maynard Salgado of the Research Division for the Puerto Rico Judicial Branch Court ignored an extradition request and a no bail order and allowed for Manjikian to be bailed out on a $50,000 bond on the condition he return to Court. Curiously enough, the Court listed the case as a civil case of miscellaneous criminal matters. Manjikian never returned to Court. For me I would have been happier if Manjikian had been arrested in Mexico…they love catching American killers and holding them, it is like a trophy for our friends in Mexico.

Hello Puerto Rico, THE GOVERNMENT OF THIS ISLAND NEEDS TO IMPEACH THIS MORON, I CANNOT BRING MYSELF TO USE THE WORD, ju*&e, YOU KNOW? No one should ever address this idiot of all idiots as such! None of us could have ever predicted that Manjikian would have gotten away in such a manner. I went public in wondering if there was a pay-off…what else could explain behavior like this? I am still wondering, and you? Can anyone tell me if Her Honor is still taking the bus to work? Or is she now driving a nice shiny new Maserati convertible or perhaps a SL550…let’s all watch!

Well luck has not been too good for Vahagn Jurian, 22 years old, he was arrested for murder by the Federal Bureau of Investigation aka F.B.I. There will be more on this story and his arrest in the weeks to come. When Jurian gets our of prison, BMWs will have wings, we hope. The family has hired a criminal defense lawyer to assist in his defense, (what, “I was not there, I did not run, I did not help the shooter escape and I did not flee the U.S.”?), I am thinking $30,000 which will go fast, real fast.

Our predictions are as follows: it is a new and fresh world since the arrest of Khatun Vardanian, who was arrested for murder and soon after released when the judge decided that the evidence was not “strong enough.” My opinion, that will not be an issue anymore in all future arrests and there will be more to come…I hope that everyone has saved a lot of money for bail and lawyers. For sure the Yepremyans will never be as they were, a wonderful and happy family with great dreams. Those dreams were shattered when their son had to deal with the “The Armenian Factor.”

I have been active in this investigation for a very long time and I have seen it all and heard it all. You know, the LAPD did this or that…folks, the LAPD and Detective Townsend did the best, the very best and were there mistakes? You could call it that if you want to, but let me say this, Detective Thomas Townsend and his team are fast studies and have mastered “The Armenian Factor“ and in doing so will be sending someone or two or ????? to the gray bar motel aka state prison to pay for the murder of Hombert “Mike” Yepremyan.

NEWS UPDATE: DateLine as well as 48 hours are actively pursuing this story for a national audience. Mike is about to get the national press his teen text message murder is just going to continue to be highlighted until a fair trial of the people involved in this has dealt out justice.

Stay tune to what I predict some hard hitting and to the point of the Teen Text Murder of Mike Yepremyan by John J. Nazarian on his Desperate Exes.com site.

http://desperateexes.com/2011/06/12/a-murder-investigation-runs-into-the-armenian-factor/

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©John J. Nazarian
June 12, 2011
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Ani and Art Yepremyan Murder Victim Parents

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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