Vacho Shahen Convicted In 2016 Home Invasion

June 13, 2024 ·

Photo courtesy of the SMPD Facebook page.

SANTA MONICA—Lt. Erika Aklufi of the Santa Monica Police Department indicated in an email to Canyon News on Wednesday, June 12, that a suspect involved in a 2016 home invasion was convicted in court.

The SMPD reported on August 28, 2016, officers responded to a ‘shots fired’ call at a residence in the 600 block of Adelaide Drive, Santa Monica. They discovered the homeowner had been shot once in the torso during what was determined to be a failed robbery attempt. The victim survived and was taken to UCLA hospital where they were treated.

Photo courtesy of the Santa Monica Police Department.

A multi-year investigation, aided by DNA evidence, linked the incident to additional home invasions in Beverly Hills and Downey. All four incidents transpired within a two-week period in 2016. The suspect, Vacho Shahen, 39, of Las Vegas, was arrested in Philadelphia, PA, in 2018.

Last week, after a three-week trial, Shahen was convicted by a jury on 16 of 17 felony charges. His sentencing is scheduled for June 24, 2024, in the Los Angeles County Superior Court.

The SMPD is offering free home security assessments to all residents. The assessments help identify potential vulnerabilities and provide recommendations to better secure your home. To schedule an assessment contact the Community Affairs Unit at 310-458-8474.

For additional details regarding this investigation contact Sgt. Chad Goodwin at 310-458-8931 or Lt. Erika Aklufi at 310-458-8493.

By Trevor

Next Post

‘Summer Sounds 2024’ Free Concert Series Start July 7

WEST HOLLYWOOD—West Hollywood’s Summer Sounds Free Outdoor Concert Series returns starting Sunday, July 7 where concerts will take place on select Sunday evenings at 4 p.m. and will run thru Sunday, August 18, at Plummer Park, located at 7377 Santa…
Previous Post

Vacho Shahen Convicted of 16 Cold Case Felonies

SANTA MONICA—On June 24, a 39-year-old, Las Vegas man by the name of Vacho Shahen, will be sentenced in a court of law for a string of burglaries committed in Beverly Hills and Santa Monica, California eight years ago. Shahen…
Random Post

Adolescent Mountain Lion Spotted In Woodland Hills Neighborhood

WOODLAND HILLS—On Thursday, May 9, at approximately 2:00 p.m., a Woodland Hills resident, Corinna Bubenheim reported a mountain lion in her yard near Woodlake Avenue and Mariano Street. It was her pet German Shepherds that alerted her to the presence…
Random Post

Car Crash Leaves 3 People Injured

WOODLAND HILLS—Three people were injured in a car crash on Wednesday, December 22, at around 8 a.m. in the 21400 block of West Ventura Boulevard.  Among those injured was a 35 year-old woman, a 57 year-old man, and a 66…
Random Post

Juan Gonzalez Arrested For Bomb Threats At SM Pier

SANTA MONICA—Lt. Erika Aklufi of the Santa Monica Police Department informed Canyon News via email that they arrested a suspect who made bomb threats on the Santa Monica Pier on Monday, October 9. The SMPD reported at about 2:35 p.m.…
Random Post

Trespass Arrest Authorization Has Updated Process

SANTA MONICA—On Saturday, February 10, the city of Santa Monica announced on its website that as a service to property owners and managers, the city of Santa Monica and the Santa Monica Police Department maintains a system for filing trespass…