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Arraignment delayed for alleged freeway shooter

May 13, 2011
  • The La Crescenta Avenue offramp was closed to westbound 210 traffic after a body was found on the shoulder on Friday, April 29, 2011. Allegedly a man shot the woman in the head and dumped the body on the offramp. He was later caught on the southbound 2 freeway, about 1 mile north of Mountain Avenue. (Tim Berger/Staff Photographer)
The La Crescenta Avenue offramp was closed to westbound…

A 27-year-old Tujunga man accused of fatally shooting his cousin and dumping her on the Foothill (210) Freeway won’t be arraigned for about a month because he is hospitalized in a Los Angeles County jail medical ward, officials said Friday.

Aram Sarukhanyan shot himself in his chin after allegedly shooting his cousin, Adrine Arzumanyan, on April 29 in a vehicle on the freeway, sheriffs said.

He is charged with one felony count of murder and another felony count of brandishing a firearm at a civilian who attempted to stop him after he dumped her body at the La Crescenta Avenue offramp, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

If Sarukhanyan is convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

He is being held in lieu of $3-million bail, according to sheriff’s department records.

-Veronica Rocha
 
 

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