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For Immediate Release

April 21, 2010 For Immediate Release Richard L. Ploof
Supervisory Deputy 206-370-8606
U.S. Marshals Arrest Los Angeles Homicide Suspects
SEATTLE – Members of the Pacific Northwest Fugitive Apprehension Task Force (PNWFAT) along
with members of the King County Sheriff’s Office tactical team arrested Nerses and Samuel Galstyan
last night at a residence in Kenmore, Wa. The Galstyan brothers were wanted out of Los Angeles,
California for the murder of four individuals at a North Hollywood restaurant on April 3, 2010.

The Galstyan brothers allegedly opened fire from a semi-automatic handgun inside a restaurant in the
North Hollywood area. Four individuals were killed and several other patrons were injured during the
assault. The Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force, a United States Marshals Service
sponsored task force based in Los Angeles requested the assistance of the PNWFAT in locating the
two suspects. Information provided led PNWFAT investigators to a residential neighborhood in
Kenmore, Washington where surveillance was initiated. At approximately 8:15 p.m., PNWFAT
investigators along with members of the King County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Unit took Nerses and
Samuel Galstyan into custody without incident.

United States Marshal Joe Hawe of the Western District of Washington made the following statement:
“I am proud of the work that has led to the arrest of the Galstyan brothers without incident. The United
States Marshals Service partners with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to form eighty
six separate fugitive apprehension task forces throughout the United States. The arrest of the Galstyan
brothers in Seattle is a prime example of the cooperation of these task forces and law enforcement
agencies throughout the country to bring fugitives to justice and to keep our communities safe.”

The Pacific Northwest Fugitive Apprehension Task Force is a U.S. Marshals-sponsored partnership
comprised of investigators from the King County Sheriff’s Office, Seattle Police Department, Clark
County Sheriff’s Office, Vancouver Police Department, Washington State Department of Corrections,
the U.S. Social Security Administration-OIG, and the U.S. Marshals Service. The Task Force
concentrates apprehension efforts to remove federal, state and local fugitives from the streets. The
Task Force objective is to disrupt illegal gang, gun and drug activity in the Pacific Northwest and to
reduce the amount of violence in the region.

For more information about the U.S. Marshals Service, visit or U.S.
Marshal’s Western Washington Web site at

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