HOLLYWOOD HILLS —On April 22, a man was charged with the murder of a Hollywood woman, whose killing is suspected to be related to the 2008 homicide of the woman’s husband and their 8-year-old daughter.
The suspect, Alberd Tersargyan, is accused of shooting and killing Karine Hakobyan, whose body was discovered in her vehicle on March 26.
Tersargyan was arrested on the evening of April 21, at his Hollywood residence and held in custody at Men’s Central Jail. Police reportedly discovered a weapon after the arrest of the suspect, who is accused of having been obsessed with Hakobyan and of stalking her, and is suspected of waiting for her to return to her residence on the evening of her murder. Hakobyan had reportedly parked her vehicle near her home on the 5800 block of Lexington Avenue, where at approximately 8:20 p.m., she was fatally shot in the head.
Tersargyan is scheduled for his arraignment hearing on May 6, and is being held in custody without bail. Though court documents indicate that the defendant is 73-years-old, police believe that he may be in his late ’50s.
The suspect is also believed to be involved in the killings of Hakobyan’s husband, 43-year-old Khachick Safaryan, and their 8-year-old daughter, Lusine, who were fatally shot in the heads in their residence on the 1200 block of Tamarind Avenue. The couple’s older daughter, age 12 at the time, had discovered their bodies after she returned home from school. She had also found her mother’s body in the vehicle in which she was murdered.
Tersagyan has been charged with one count of murder with the special circumstance of lying in wait for the victim. If convicted, the defendant could face the death penalty.