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  • April 24, 2013

Joshua V. West, 33

Joshua V. West, a 33-year-old white man was fatally wounded on Wednesday, April 24, in the 10200 block of Penrose Street in Shadow Hills, according to L.A. County coroner's records.

Officers received numerous calls about possible gunshots at 10 p.m. in the 10700 block of Vinedale Street.

Police reported finding blood and other evidence at the scene. Moments later, the LAPD received another call about West, who was lying in the 10200 block of Penrose Street with multiple gunshot wounds, police said.

Paramedics were unable to revive West, who died at 10:30 p.m., coroner’s records show.

West died of multiple gunshot wounds, but was also cut and suffered blunt-force trauma, said L.A. County coroner’s spokesman Ed Winter.

On April 27, Hachik Maskovian, 28, of Van Nuys, was arrested in connection with West’s death, police said.  Maskovian reportedly arrived as a passenger in a tow truck to help West possibly retrieve a cellphone, said Jane Robison, an L.A. County district attorney spokeswoman.

For reasons not immediately known, Maskovian reportedly started beating West, then placed him in the tow truck and drove off.

Moments later, a shooting occurred and witnesses reportedly saw him dumping West's body on the roadway. Maskovian faces four felony murder-related charges in the death of West, including that the incident was premeditated and that West was kidnapped during the incident, according to a L.A. County Superior Court criminal complaint.

Maskovian is being held without bail, Sheriff’s Department records show.  His next court date is set for July 26.

The investigation into his death remains ongoing.

Anyone with details about West’s death is asked to call LAPD Foothill Division detectives at (818) 834-3106.

-- Veronica Rocha

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