LAPD links Beverly Hills condo to fatal Benedict Canyon shooting

On Wednesday, Los Angeles police detectives served a search warrant at a Beverly Hills apartment they believe is linked to a triple murder outside a Benedict Canyon home earlier this year.

In the most significant development since the Jan. 28 attack that left three dead and four others injured in an upscale Westside hillside neighborhood, LAPD detectives from the Robbery-Homicide Division have gathered potential evidence at the inside the Beverly Hills skyscraper on Wednesday morning, police said.

This Beverly Hills apartment was raided Wednesday in connection with the murders of three women in Benedict Canyon earlier this year.

(Los Angeles Police Department)

sergeant. Bruce Borihanh said the warrant was served at an apartment at 8601 Wilshire Blvd. as part of a search for evidence related to the shooting that killed three women, including an aspiring rapper, who were sitting inside a rented Porsche SUV, and left four others seriously injured.

Borihanh said at the time of the shooting, the women were killed in a “short-term rental home” in the 2700 block of Ellison Drive, a street of large hillside homes north of Beverly Hills.

Neighbors reported seeing several cars drive away from the scene minutes after gunshots rang out shortly before 3 a.m., police said.

Borihanh said a blue Tesla with damage to the front end was seen entering the Beverly Hills apartment complex after the shooting. A warrant for the apartment was obtained after it was connected to the Tesla, he said.

“We are narrowing the scope of the investigation,” LAPD Capt. Jonathan Tippet said after the warrant was served.

Investigators wearing LAPD raid jackets were visible at the scene. An unmarked LAPD detective car and a white van were parked outside during the search.

A man wearing an LAPD jacket stands in a doorway.

An LAPD investigator stands outside the door of a Beverly Hills apartment that was being searched in connection with a triple murder.

(Los Angeles Police Department)

The attack on Benedict Canyon was not random; it targeted members of the women’s group, Tippet previously told The Times. Detectives scoured security cameras in the neighborhood and interviewed survivors of the shooting, and they developed strong leads, officials said.

Those killed – Nenah Davis, 29, of Bolingbrook, Illinois; Destiny Sims, 26, of Buckeye, Ariz.; and Iyana Hutton, 33, of Chicago — all had roots in the Chicago area, police said. The lifelong friends died in a hail of gunfire that marred their rental car.

Hutton was trying to get into the music business before she was killed, and a friend said she was in Los Angeles for a music album release. Davis, one of Hutton’s best friends, was a mother who once worked as a nurse. Sims was a mother of three and a hairstylist who grew up in Illinois before moving west with her family.

Earlier in the night, the trio had visited a bowling alley before returning to their rental home, according to friends interviewed by The Times.

Artist Mick E. Finnz, a longtime friend of Hutton’s, wondered if something happened at the bowling alley to trigger the deadly events of that night. But Tippet said detectives found no evidence of an altercation.

Los Angeles Times

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