LOS ANGELES -- After 18 months, the manhunt was drawing to a close: Police had tracked the man they believe shot and killed a teenager outside a North Hollywood department store thousands of miles away to a flat near Puerto Rico's capital city.
Federal marshals on the island surrounded Zareh Manjikian's apartment complex in Carolina, a beach town teeming with tourists and perfect for an outsider looking to keep a low profile.
The 23-year-old finally appeared, pulled out in his car and headed down the coast. Marshals followed him into a neighboring beach town and, when the opportunity came, swooped and boxed his vehicle in. He was hauled away in cuffs.
When the slain teenager's father took the call from a detective informing him of the arrest, his hands trembled so hard he had to pull off the 405 Freeway. At last, he felt some closure.
But that feeling was short-lived.