A man who was shot and killed by police Saturday as he and an alleged accomplice were being pursued after reportedly kidnaping and sexually assaulting a woman had been released on bail five days earlier for similar crimes, Los Angeles police said Tuesday.
Police said they believe that as a result of the shooting and a subsequent arrest in the case, they may have "headed off a serious crime spree."
The dead man, who went under the names George Mkhizian and Sahak Mkhitayrn, and his alleged partner, Hagop Bekhloyan, 24, were arrested Nov. 30 after abducting a man from a Hollywood nightclub and sexually assaulting him, a police spokesman said.
In that case, the victim escaped from his abductors' car and flagged down a passing police car. The men were arrested but were released after posting $6,000 bail each, the spokesman said.