Today, the Security Chief of the Akhtala Enrichment Combine and two other men are reported to have fired gunshots in the direction of the apartment owned by Karen Khachikyan, brother of the Akhtala mayor.
The incident took place around 5:30 pm when Akhtala Mayor Haykaz Khachikyan had driven to the apartment in his staff car.
The perpetrators are reported to have been Arsen Chitchyan, Akhtala Enrichment Combine Chief of Security, his nephew, and Shotchkan village resident Edmon Gigolyan. The three are said to have been inebriated at the time.
After breaking the windshield of the mayor’s car, parked outside the building, they went upstairs and ransacked the Karen Khachikyan’s apartment.
Upon hearing the disturbance, neighbours rushed into the apartment and took Khachikyan’s kids to safety.
Almost immediately, police converged on the scene and started an investigation.
Police investigator Rudolph Stepanyan told Hetq that it was too early to comment on the case.
According to local rumours Arsen Chitchyan has it in for Mayor Khachikyan for assisting in the arrest and conviction of Serob Der-Boghossian, the diaspora Armenian owner of the Akhtala mining company who was found guilty of child molestation.