A 19-year-old Hollywood man admitted Friday that he robbed a 7-Eleven store on Sherman Way in Van Nuys last summer and shot the clerk to death.
Phouvong (Freeman) Inthavong testified at a preliminary hearing for his alleged accomplice, Aries Yap, 20, of Sun Valley, that he entered the store Aug. 14 while Yap stayed in a car. Inthavong testified that he panicked and shot the clerk, Vijay Shankar Roy, because he thought Roy was reaching for a gun.
Inthavong said he and Yap planned the store robbery and a holdup the next evening of a man at a Panorama City apartment building. On both occasions, Yap provided the gun and served as the getaway driver, Inthavong testified.
Inthavong and Yap each are accused of one count of first-degree murder, two counts of robbery and one count of assault with a deadly weapon. Inthavong is awaiting his preliminary hearing.