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Las Vegas Man Charged With Attempted Murder in Santa Monica Shooting


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By Lookout Staff July 11, 2018 -- A suspect in a shooting that took place in Santa Monica's exclusive North of Montana neighborhood two years ago has been charged with attempted murder, police said.
Attempted murder suspect Vacho Shahen

Vacho Shahen, a 32 year-old male from Las Vegas, also was charged with three additional home invasion robberies in Southern California, according to police.

The shooting in Santa Monica took place August 28, 2016 in the early morning at a home in the 600 block of Adelaide Drive.

"Officers discovered the homeowner shot once in the torso after what was determined to be a failed robbery attempt," said Lt. Saul Rodriguez, the Police Department spokesman.

The victim was transported to UCLA Hospital and survived his injuries.

DNA evidence discovered at the scene by SMPD Detectives and the Forensics Unit linked Shahen to three previous home invasion robberies in Beverly Hills and Downey, police said.

"There is no link between the victims in any of the incidents," Rodriguez said.

On Wednesday morning the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office issued an arrest warrant for Shahen for attempted murder, robbery and burglary.

Shahen is currently in custody at a Federal Detention Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, "on an unrelated matter pending extradition to California for future court proceedings," police said.

Anyone with additional information should call Detective Goodwin at 310-458-8942, Sgt. Skogh at 310-458-8992 or the Santa Monica Police Department at (310) 458-8491.



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