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Three men accused of shooting, running over gay man are due in court

LOS ANGELES -- Police have arrested two additional suspects in the killing of Glendale resident Joshua West, a violent slaying that prosecutors have described as a hate crime motivated by West’s sexual orientation.

West, 33, was beaten, shot, run over and left for dead in Sun Valley on April 24, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office told the Glendale News-Press.

Hachik Maskovian, 28, was arrested two days later and is being held without bail. The Van Nuys resident is charged with murder and faces special circumstance enhancements that include kidnapping and commission of a hate crime.

Maskovian’s older brother, 34-year-old Hovanes “John” Maskovian, was arrested by Los Angeles police on Thursday at his Sun Valley residence, district attorney spokeswoman Shiara Davila-Morales said.

Nazaret “Nick” Bayamdzhyan, 19, was also arrested Thursday in the Sun Valley area in connection with West’s death, Davila-Morales said.

The two are also being held without bail pending charges that prosecutors expect to file on Monday, she added.

All three suspects are scheduled for arraignment Monday in San Fernando.

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