Three young men were arrested while allegedly stripping a $75,000 sedan stolen at gunpoint several hours earlier from Los Angeles Clippers basketball star Benoit Benjamin, Los Angeles police reported Thursday.
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 at 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 Mercedes-Benz 560 SEL, the officers said.
Investigators said the gunman fired a single shot in the air as a warning to the Clipper center before grabbing the keys and driving off with the car.
Benjamin, 26, who was not injured in the incident, immediately notified police of the robbery.
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-Benz in the alley behind her home. The woman, who had seen a report of the Benjamin robbery on television, called police.