3 arrests after $500,000 watch stolen off wrist of diner at Beverly Hills restaurant
BEVERLY HILLS— Three men were arrested in the brazen armed robbery of a man's $500,000 watch while he was dining outdoors in Beverly Hills, authorities said Wednesday.
The suspects wore hoods and one of them put a gun to the head of the watch's owner as he sat at Il Pastaio restaurant on March 4, according to police. A woman was shot in the leg during a struggle over the watch and the gun. She was not seriously hurt.
The three suspects arrested Tuesday are members of a South Los Angeles street gang, investigators said.
Malik Lamont Powell, 20, Khai McGhee, 18, and Marquise Anthony Gardon, 30, each face federal charges including conspiracy to commit robbery. It wasn't immediately known if the men have attorneys who could speak on their behalf.
Two other suspects remain at large, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Surveillance video shows the suspects scouting the area around the restaurant before the robbery, according to a court statement by an FBI agent involved in the investigation.
Powell’s cellphone was tracked near Il Pastaio at the time of the robbery, and images of guns and high-end watches were posted on his social media accounts, according to the FBI.
The timepiece — a rose-gold Richard Mille RM 11-03 Flyback Chronograph — has not been recovered, the Times said.