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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 1998
A Sun Valley gang member was sentenced to 90 days in jail Friday for carrying a loaded pistol in his car and ordered to stay away from gangs and guns, authorities said. Eduard Petrosyan, 20, was stopped by police in Van Nuys shortly after 4 a.m. Sept. 13. The Armenian Power gang member was driving his car in another gang's territory and police had heard a radio report of shots fired, Deputy City Atty. Debra Siedorf said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 29, 1997
I must report my dismay at the amount of time and space you allowed the Armenian Power gang articles on Aug. 17 and 18. The gang was spotlighted, and too often positively. The stories were done in such a way as to only make these gang members proud, and I wouldn't be surprised if it boosted initiations into their ranks. It was almost as if they were being patted on the back. What was even more alarming, however, was the way the gang was represented as being of help to the L.A. Police Department by brutalizing transvestite prostitutes at Hollywood and Normandie.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 2000
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge on Friday reduced bail for a 14-year-old girl charged in the May killing of a student outside Hoover High School in Glendale. The bail for Anait Ano Msyran, who was charged as an adult with first-degree murder, was reduced from $1 million to $250,000. Judge Larry Fidler ruled that if the family cannot raise the money, it could put up $500,000 worth of property as security.
WORLD
March 5, 2014 | By Raja Abdulrahim and Richard Winton
In an expletive-laced online video, two men say they are Los Angeles gang members who are “gangbanging” in Syria and fighting the “enemigos” in the bloody three-year conflict. The men identify themselves as “Wino” from the Westside Armenian Power gang and “Creeper” from the Sun Valley GW-13 gang, which has links to the Mexican mafia. Dressed in camouflage and ammunition vests and holding Kalashnikov rifles in an unknown location, the pair appear more interested in theatrics than ideology.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 2012 | By Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
A federal court employee in Los Angeles has been charged with leaking confidential court files, the FBI said Wednesday. Nune Gevorkyan, 35, was accused of accessing sealed court documents and giving the information to defendants before they were arrested, officials said. Gevorkyan and her husband, Oganes Koshkaryan, were arrested Tuesday. They are charged with conspiring to obstruct justice. Federal authorities said they believe Gevorkyan looked at sealed indictments before raids across Southern California in February 2011 that led to the arrests of more than 70 people associated with the Armenian Power gang.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 2013 | By Jill Cowan
Eight of 70 defendants charged in a wide-reaching investigation that targeted the small but ruthless Armenian Power gang pleaded guilty this week in federal court, authorities said Wednesday. Four of the eight were allegedly "members or associates" of the organized crime syndicate, which investigators say took root in east Hollywood in the 1980s. The other four took part in Armenian Power-driven crimes, but were not actual gang members, according to a U.S. attorney's office news release.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 2001 | MICHAEL KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When 15-year-old Armen Petrosyan arrived in east Hollywood from Armenia in 1989, he was thrust into an urban environment where large, long-established street gangs--in this case, Mexican American and Salvadoran--often preyed on a smaller group of new immigrants. Outnumbered, Petrosyan and two friends formed a defense alliance that grew into the Armenian Power street gang, which at its peak in the mid-1990s had about 120 members.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 2002 | JEAN GUCCIONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three people, including a 16-year-old girl, were ordered Wednesday to stand trial in the stabbing death of a student who tried to break up a gang fight outside his Glendale high school. Anait Msryan, 16; Rafael Gevorgyan, 17; and Karen Terteryan, 20, are charged with murder in the May 5, 2000, gang slaying of 17-year-old Raul Aguirre, the attempted murder of rival gang member Jimmy Orozco and street terrorism.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 2003 | Anna Gorman, Times Staff Writer
Two Armenian American teenagers murdered Hoover High School senior Raul Aguirre near the campus three years ago in a brutal show of gang pride, prosecutors told jurors Thursday. In contrast, defense attorneys said Aguirre died tragically during a brawl stemming from ethnic tensions between Armenians and Latinos in Glendale.
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August 12, 2008 | Joseph Menn, Times Staff Writer
Identity theft is soaring in California, and street gangs are angling for a piece of the action. Recent cases point to an interest in identity fraud by organizations as diverse as a Long Beach chapter of the Crips, the Armenian Power gang and the prison-based Mexican Mafia, according to law enforcement officials and fraud experts. The trend among criminals better known for violence and drug trafficking goes against type.
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