It could have been a trite scene in an action movie, but it was all too real at 2 a.m. Friday as ski-masked armed robbers followed a Rolls Royce into the Hollywood Hills.
But those robbers didn’t expect a deadly gunfight with a security guard that killed one of the crooks and resulted in the other two robbers being arrested.
Two of the targeted Rolls Royce victims hospitalized in stable condition.
The crime occurred about 2:05 a.m. at 1474 Blue Jay Way, said Los Angeles Police Department Officer Joe Todd. Police said the crime may be related to other robberies in the Hollywood area.
The suspects followed a Rolls-Royce occupied by Fashion Nova CEO Richard Saghian, according to TMZ.com.
“We’re told it’s unclear if they were aware Saghian was traveling in the vehicle, or if they only followed it because of the Rolls’ value,” TMZ reported. “Law enforcement sources tell us the suspects ordered two men who were traveling in the Rolls with Richard to the ground and took jewelry. … Richard had already gone inside his home. We’re told Richard’s security came out of the home and that’s when the shootout started.”
According to Fox11, one of the victims is “a business executive who is the friend of the CEO of a popular fashion company,” and investigators believe the suspects had been following the vehicle for some time.
The LAPD said three suspects were in a car, and two of the men — wearing ski masks and armed with handguns — got out, forced two victims onto the ground and took watches and jewelry from them.
During the robbery, an armed security guard exchanged gunfire with the suspects and was shot, police said.
“The security guard sustained a gunshot wound to the abdomen and is currently in critical condition at a local hospital,” the LAPD said in a statement early Friday afternoon. “The two robbery victims were also struck by gunfire and are currently in stable condition at a local hospital.”
After the gunfire, the wounded suspects got into their car and were driven from the area, police said. A description of the gray Audi was broadcast, and officers stopped it at Doheny Drive and Santa Monica Boulevard in Beverly Hills.
“Officers discovered that one suspect was shot in the abdomen and was pronounced dead at scene,” the LAPD said. “The second suspect was shot in the ankle and was transported to a local hospital in stable condition.”
The third suspect was not wounded. A firearm was also recovered from inside the suspect vehicle, police said. The names of the suspects were not immediately available.
“Robbery Homicide detectives are investigating the incident, which may be related to other robberies in the Hollywood area,” the LAPD said.
Anyone with more information on the case was urged to call homicide detectives at 213-486-6840, or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.