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Two L.A. gang members, aged 21 and 18, plead guilty to Beverly Hills armed robbery of a $500k watch

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Two gang members pleaded guilty earlier this year to a brutal armed robbery of a $500,000 watch in a Beverly Hills dining room earlier this year.

Malik Lamont Powell, 21, and 18-year-old Khai McGhee were facing three federal charges in connection with a March incident. They were charged with pointing a gun to the head of a customer at a Beverly Hills restaurant, stealing his Richard Millie watch worth more than $500,000, and shooting and injuring a restaurant owner before running away, according to the report. Police. US Attorney Office.

Earlier this month, a third man, 41-year-old Marchioness Anthony Gardon, also pleaded guilty to two charges in connection with the robbery.

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Crime scene photos show strong policy presence outside Il Pastaio after the incident

Prosecutors said the three men from South Los Angeles were all members of the Rollin’ 30’s Crips gang.

Prosecutors said the men drove to the upscale Beverly Hills neighborhood on March 4 with the intention of committing a robbery. After exploring the neighborhood, they decided to target a man wearing the expensive watch outside the Il Pastaio restaurant.

Prosecutors said that after the man was held at gunpoint, a battle for the weapon ensued; two rounds were fired from the gun, with one striking a female cartridge in the leg.

Powell and McGhee pleaded guilty to three counts: conspiracy to disrupt commerce by theft, meddling by robbery and using and discharging a firearm during a violent crime, prosecutors said.

The men face up to 20 years in prison.

After the robbery, surveillance footage was released of the incident showing the chaotic scene after shots were fired.

Il Pastaio is a famous celebrity hotspot with a patio in Beverly Hills

Il Pastaio is a famous celebrity hotspot with a patio in Beverly Hills

A $500,000 Richard Mille watch that resembles the one stolen from the restaurant

A $500,000 Richard Mille watch that resembles the one stolen from the restaurant

Jeweler Shay Belhassen has spoken out about his $500,000 watch being stolen in Beverly Hills in a robbery that shot a woman in the leg

Jeweler Shay Belhassen has spoken out about his $500,000 watch being stolen in Beverly Hills in a robbery that shot a woman in the leg

Terrified diners run for their lives. One of the robbers is wrestled to the ground before storming off.

The man with the $500,000 watch, jeweler Shay Belhassen, said he was having lunch when three armed robbers barged in and demanded his watch.

He said that when he refused to hand it over, they started shooting. He gave them the watch and they ran on foot, while others ran for their lives.

In an interview with The New York Post, Belhassen said he tried to fight them and even struggled to the ground.

“One of them strangled me from behind with a gun to my head, while the other grabbed my arm and the third snatched the watch from my hand,” he said.

“I took my chance and grabbed the gun and wrestled them to the ground. They tried to pull the trigger.

Drew Hancock said his girlfriend was shot and described the chaos as “crazy” in an interview with KNBC.

A ricocheting bullet grazed the back of her calf, he told the outlet, and photos show her left leg wrapped in bandages.

She was treated by Beverly Hills Fire Department Paramedics and transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, the Beverly Hills Police Department said in a press release.

A second victim was also injured and treated at the scene.

Restaurant owner Celestino Drago told KTLA he was just glad no one was seriously hurt.

“I feel good that no one was injured and no one was killed, because everything else can be fixed,” he said. “I feel sorry for the customers, for the city, for the police, for everyone. You don’t expect things like this to happen.’

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