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LAPD Arrests Suspect In Connection To Jacqueline Avant Murder And Home Invasion

The Los Angeles Police Department has arrested someone in connection to the murder of Jacqueline Avant, the wife of music icon Clarence Avant and mother-in-law of Netflix Co-CEO Ted Sarandos. CBS Los Angeles reports the LAPD arrested 29-year-old Aariel Maynor, whose vehicle was caught on multiple surveillance video cameras leaving the neighborhood after the home invasion and shooting.

As Blavity previously reported, intruders allegedly broke into the Trousdale Estates home, within Beverly Hills, around 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday, and Jacqueline was shot during the robbery. Her husband, Clarence, was at the home at the time of the incident, along with a security guard. Neither party sustained injuries. Avant was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she died of her injuries.

LAPD Deputy Chief Blake Chow revealed they were able to catch Maynor thanks to an “astute watch commander at Hollywood that, starting to put two and two together, and reached out to Beverly Hills,” according to CBS Los Angeles.  

“At this time, we’re only looking at him as a suspect, but again, there’s a lot of evidence to go through, so we’re leaving open the possibility there could be other people involved,” Beverly Hills Police Chief Mark Stainbrook told CBS Los Angeles.

The neighbors are reportedly happy to see the development.

“That’s good. We are happy that the police are doing something,” Yafa Cohan, one of the couple’s neighbors, told CBS Los Angeles.

Following her untimely death, the family released a statement and, shortly after, there was an outpouring of tributes from notable figures. 

“Jacqueline was an amazing woman, wife, mother, philanthropist and a 55-year resident of Beverly Hills, who has made an immeasurable positive contribution and impact on the arts community,” Stainbrook said on behalf of the family, according to CNN. “She will be missed by her family, friends and all of the people she has helped throughout her amazing life.”

“I’m heartbroken by this morning’s news of the tragic and shocking murder of Mrs. Jacqueline Avant,” Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA), said in a statement, according to CNN. “Mrs. Avant was a force of compassion and empowerment locally and nationally for decades, as well as a model of service and giving back to those who needed it most.”

Magic Johnson also tweeted a message on behalf of he and his wife, Cookie Johnson, saying they are both “absolutely devastated” by the loss of one of their “closest friends.”

“This is the saddest day in our lives,” he wrote. 

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