A fourth person was charged last week with killing a Downey real estate agent in a home invasion robbery in January, authorities said.
Michael Harrod, a 24-year-old from Anaheim, pleaded not guilty Feb. 2 to murder, home invasion robbery and first-degree burglary with the person present, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. Harrod is a white man, according to online sheriff's department records.
Three other men have also been charged in the crime.
Harrod, who is related to a longtime friend of the victim, Jim Rudometkin, 59, had known him “for some period of time,” said Downey Police Sgt. Kevin McCaster.
Harrod was aware that Rudometkin was in the process of moving from his childhood home into an apartment, McCaster said.
“They believed him to be of some wealth, and possibly an easy target since he wouldn’t be there,” McCaster said.
Investigators believe Harrod ...