Murder, other charges filed over monthlong crime spree

AP News
Posted: Mar 01, 2016 9:34 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man suspected of a monthlong Southern California crime spree that ended with police shooting him has been charged with dozens of crimes, including murder.

Thirty-two-year-old Artyom Gasparyan of Whittier was charged Tuesday with some two dozen counts. He already faced assault and attempted murder charges in other cases. Gasparyan's been jailed since his January arrest following a freeway crash.

City News Service says he appeared in a Los Angeles courtroom Tuesday in a wheelchair. His arraignment was postponed.

Prosecutors say between Dec. 6 and Jan. 4, Gasparyan committed carjackings, armed robberies and shootings that wounded several people and left one man dead. The crimes occurred in Los Angeles and suburbs ranging from Long Beach to West Hollywood.

An alleged accomplice killed himself as police closed in.