LAPD say alleged robbery suspect accidentally shot accomplice while unloading stolen tourist goods
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Two men have been arrested in connection with a follow-up robbery that targeted four tourists in Los Angeles after one of them was accidentally shot by another while unloading stolen goods from a vehicle, authorities announced on Friday.
Artiz Alvarez, 20, and Chanz Lee Yarbrough, 21, both of Los Angeles, are facing multiple charges in connection with the April 20 home invasion, the Los Angeles Police Department said.
Just before the incident, the four tourists, all men from Northern California, arrived at their Airbnb from a restaurant. As they got out of their vehicle around 12:45 a.m., three suspects approached them and held them at gunpoint, the LAPD said.
Two of the suspects were armed with handguns and the third had a rifle, police said. One victim was whipped and they were forced inside the home where they were ordered to get down while the residence was ransacked, the LAPD said.
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The $75,000 in stolen property includes a high-end watch, Mercedes key fob, phones, designer clothes and change, police said.
Shortly after the robbery, a shooting occurred at 1:15 a.m. When officers responded, they found a trail of blood from a sidewalk to an apartment door. SWAT officers were called and entered the empty unit.
Investigators obtained a search warrant and found numerous items stolen from the previous robbery inside the apartment where one of them lived, the LAPD said. Inside, officers found three firearms, two semi-automatic handguns and an “AR pistol,” according to a police news release.
At 2:15 a.m. that same day, Yarbrough went to the hospital with a gunshot wound to his left leg. He told authorities he was shot by someone while in Hollywood. Investigators determined he was accidentally shot by another of the suspects as they unloaded the stolen items from a vehicle.
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After the shooting, the three suspects took the stolen items from the apartment and took Yarbrough to the hospital. Alvarez was arrested April 25 in connection with the robbery.
He is charged with four counts of kidnapping for theft and assault with a deadly weapon and one count of being an ex-con with a firearm. At the time of the crime, Alvarez was on bail for another robbery, police said. Yarbough is charged with four counts each of kidnapping for robbery and assault with a deadly weapon.
They are each being held on $4 million bail. The third suspect has not been identified.