WEST HOLLYWOOD—It was announced on Monday, November 20 by the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office a suspect who pointed a gun at a school administrator at Larchmont Charter Elementary School was charged.
Vahe Armen, 32, was charged with one count of assault with a deadly weapon or by means likely to cause great bodily injury on a school employee and one count of weapons on a school grounds – grades K-12. In a separate incident on October 24, he is charged with one count of an assault on an elder and one count of dissuading a witness from reporting a crime. He faces special allegations on all counts.
Armen was scheduled to be arraigned in court on Monday in Department 30 at the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Airport Branch.
On November 16, shortly after 8 a.m., Armen allegedly drove onto the Larchmont Charter Elementary School campus in the school drop-off area as students were arriving to school.
A school administrator, who was standing in front of the school, directing traffic and assisting students, allegedly saw Armen exit his vehicle from a distance and point what looked like an assault-style rifle at her.
The administrator began to usher the students into the school’s building when Armen allegedly got back into his vehicle and drove away. He was found on the 6800 block of Sunset Boulevard and arrested by deputies with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Deputies also allegedly located a weapon inside his vehicle.
Armen is being held on $5 million bail. If convicted as charged, Armen will face a maximum sentence of 7 years, 4 months in state prison. The case was investigated by the LASD.