Three men were arrested while stripping a $75,000 Mercedes-Benz sedan stolen at gunpoint several hours earlier from Clippers basketball star Benoit Benjamin, Los Angeles police reported today.
Benjamin, who is 7 feet tall and weighs about 250 pounds, did not resist when a gunman--described as about 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighing about 135 pounds--confronted him about 7:45 p.m. Wednesday in front of a friend's home in the 1100 block of West 90th Street.
The gunman demanded the keys to Benjamin's 560 SEL Mercedes, the officers said. Investigators said the assailant then fired a shot in the air as a warning to the Clippers center before grabbing the keys and driving off with the car. Benjamin, 26, who was not hurt, immediately notified police.
About four hours later, a woman living in an apartment in the 700 block of West Colden Avenue--about eight blocks from where the car was stolen--was told by her son that some men were stripping a Mercedes in the alley behind her home. The woman, who had seen a report of the Benjamin robbery on television, called police.