Police are asking the public's help in finding a man they say was
part of an organized crime ring that tried to have as many as eight
Edgar Hatamian, 21, is the last suspect at large after police
arrested four men and a juvenile in connection with the ring,
Glendale Police Chief Randy Adams said at a news conference Thursday.
Gagik Galoyan, 53, Gayk Tadevosyan, 38, and Andranik Safaryan, 24,
of Glendale, and Edvard Gyulnazaryan of Burbank were arrested March
20 on suspicion of soliciting to commit murder. The arrests were the
result of a two-year investigation by Glendale Police detectives
working with investigators from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's
major crimes bureau, the Los Angeles division of the FBI and the
National Insurance Crime Bureau. The men were being held Thursday
night, with bail ranging in amounts from $1 million to $9.5 million.
The group is charged with ordering the murders of as many as eight
people, Adams said. None of the eight was killed.
Gyulnazaryan and Galoyan were also engaged in credit card, check
and insurance fraud, he said.
"If we hadn't taken action when we took to take them into
custody," Adams said, "it's very possible these murders would have
Gyulnazaryan and Galoyan allegedly committed the crimes out of a
business in Glendale. Lt. Gary Montecuollo, who headed up the
investigation, said at the news conference he wouldn't identify the
business, as the investigation was ongoing.
Glendale Police moved in to arrest the men when they discovered a
contract had been taken out on two men serving sentences for
unrelated crimes at the Los Angeles County Central Jail, Adams said.
Gyulnazaryan contacted Hatamian to coordinate the attack, Adams said.
Hatamian contacted a known gang member serving a six-month sentence,
Adams said, and he, Gyulnazaryan and Safaryan went as far as visiting
the gang member in jail and making a down payment on the hits.
Glendale Police are asking for two Long Beach residents to come
forward in relation to the case, Montecuollo said. Gyulnazaryan
allegedly also ordered the murder of the Long Beach residents, and
detectives want to question them.
"We believe they know they were targets," Montecuollo said.
Hatamian is described as Armenian, 6 feet, 195 pounds, with brown
hair, brown eyes and a close-shaven head. He has a mustache and heavy
facial hair growth. He is considered armed and dangerous, Adams said.
People with information can call the Glendale Police Department at
548-4840. Anonymous calls can be made to Crime Stoppers at 507-7867.