A suspect in the killing of Clarence Avant’s wife at the pair’s Beverly Hills home has been apprehended by police.
Investigators in Beverly Hills have recognized Ariel Maynor, 29, of Los Angeles as a suspect seen in various surveillance recordings, including city cameras, traveling eastward out of Beverly Hills immediately after 81-year-old Jacqueline Avant was shot.
On Thursday, Beverly Hills Police Chief Mark Stainbrook informed reporters during a press conference. According to Stainbrook, Maynor shot himself in the foot while attempting another burglary.
The Los Angeles Police Department Hollywood Division responded to a complaint of a shooting at a house in the 6000 block of Graciosa Drive in Hollywood at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday; roughly an hour afterward, Jacqueline Avant was discovered with a gunshot to the head.
According to Stainbrook, when authorities arrived, they discovered Maynor in the backyard.
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He was taken into police custody after being treated at a hospital. According to Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief Blake Chow, an assault-style weapon was also discovered in the home’s yard.
“Somewhere in the middle of the night, we had a watch captain who started adding two and two and called out to Beverly Hills,” Chow explained.
According to Stainbrook, police believe Maynor is the lone suspect.
“We would want to express our heartfelt thanks to the City of Beverly Hills, the BHPD, and all law enforcement for their dedication in this case,” Avant and Sarandos family said. “Let the justice be served.”
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According to Stainbrook, it is unknown whether anything was stolen from the Avants’ house, although the rear sliding glass door was damaged.
During a news conference Wednesday, police read statements from the Avant family, which characterized Jacqueline Avant as “an incredible lady, wife, mom, philanthropist, and a 55-year member of Beverly Hills.”