The violent robbery of the NBA Kentavious Caldwell-Pape, as well as the attempted robbery of the CEO of Fashion Nova Richard Saghian which turned into a fatal shooting, could be linked … according to our police sources.
TMZ learned police are investigating the June 2 incidents – as well as several others that have been reported in Los Angeles recently – to determine if they are part of a larger criminal network.
We are told that in both and other similar cases, it is believed that the victims were followed home after a party and once they arrived … they were approached by the suspects and stripped of their valuables. at gunpoint.
As we reported… one such incident happened in the Hollywood Hills in the early morning hours of June 25, where cops say 3 suspects followed a Rolls-Royce and took the Fashion boss away. Nova at home.
After Saghian entered we are told that the suspects ordered 2 men who were traveling with Richard to get to the ground and took some jewelry … but Richard’s security responded and a a shooting ensued.
Security and the suspects exchanged gunfire, and one of the suspects was shot and killed. Another suspect was seriously injured. The security guard was also shot dead. The third suspect is unharmed.
A week earlier – like TMZ Sports first reported – Lakers custody was stolen at gunpoint by 3 suspects while in his driveway around 4am talking with friends. We are told that the thieves took about $ 150,000 in loot, including a Rolex, jewelry and an iPhone.
It’s unclear if the two cases are related in any way, but our sources say that’s exactly what the cops are investigating … and the investigation is ongoing.