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News Release

Monday, January 6, 2020

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Road Rage Leads to Severe Injury NR20004dm



Thanks to the public's assistance, the primary suspects have been identified and an arrest has been made in the Van Nuys road rage incident which occurred on Jan 1, 2020, leaving the victim in a coma.

During a dispute with a male later identified as Robert Hovhannisyan (Suspect-2), a juvenile (Suspect-1) armed himself with brass knuckles and struck the victim in the face.

The victim sustained major injuries and continues to remain hospitalized.

Robert Hovhannisyan and the juvenile fled to Armenia.

Thanks to the collective efforts of many community members providing information, the Los Angeles Police Van Nuys Area Detectives, FBI/LAPD Fugitive Task Force, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Homeland Security, Interpol, and the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office; the juvenile was returned to the United States and placed under arrest for Attempted Murder.

The Los Angeles Police Department is deeply grateful to the many individuals who assisted in the investigation and apprehension of the subject.

Van Nuys:
Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Van Nuys Area are seeking the public's assistance in identifying the suspects responsible for severely injuring a man.

On January 1, 2020, around 9:30 p.m., the victim was in his vehicle, stopped at a red light,
facing south on Woodman Avenue at Victory Boulvard. The suspect vehicle had been driving irractically, south on Woodman Avenue. The suspect vehicle got behind the victim's vehicle and followed the victi. The victim and suspects pulled to the curb and exited their vehicles. A dispute quickly erupted. During the confrontation, one of the suspects punched the victim once in the head causing him to become unconscious and fall to the ground. The suspects returned to their vehicle and fled the location south on Woodman Avenue from Victory Boulevard.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene and transported the victim to a local hospital. He has not regained consciousness since the incident.

SThe first suspect is described as a male, Armenian, short black hair, 510, 150 lbs, 20-30 years old wearing a black sweatshirt, white shirt, black pants, and black hair. He was the one who hit the victim and was the driver of the Jeep. The second suspect is described as a male, Amenian, black hair, 601, 170 lbs, 20-30 years old wearing light blue pants and a dark jacket. The third suspect is a male, Armenian, black hair 509, 140 lbs. 20-30 years old wearing a dark jacket, white shirt, and dark pants.

The suspects were last seen driving south on Woodman from Victory in a black Jeep with tinted windows and California paper plates.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Van Nuys Area Detective R. Secor at (818) 374-0062. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to
1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the
LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to Tipsters may also visit and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.