A parolee who shot himself in the foot following a burglary has been arrested in connection to the death of Beverly Hills philanthropist Jacqueline Avant.
The suspect, Aariel Maynor, 29, was taken into custody at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday in the backyard of a Hollywood Hills home along with evidence of the burglary. A gun was also recovered, which police say is connected to the death of Avant, the mother-in-law of Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos, just an hour before.
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“He has an extensive criminal record. He’s on parole,” Beverly Hills Police Chief Mark Stainbrook said at a news conference. “At this time we’re looking at only him as a suspect.”
Maynor was pictured handcuffed to a gurney as he was loaded into an ambulance. He was wearing a white T-shirt and blue sweatpants. Other Facebook photos show him shirtless while standing in an area that appears to be a jail or prison.
The burglary occurred in an area patrolled by the LAPD. The two cases would not normally be linked so quickly, but “an astute watch commander” made the connection, Deputy Chief Blake Chow told Rolling Stone.
Beverly Hills police said they have video evidence from numerous surveillance cameras showing Maynor’s car leaving the area after the 2:20 a.m. attack on Avant.
Avant’s husband, famed music producer Clarence Avant, was home at the time but apparently uninjured. The murder sparked reactions from a number of Hollywood figures, including actress Viola Davis.
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“So sorry for the Avant family. My heart goes out to you!!! OMG!!!! Where are we??!!! WHAT are we?!!” Davis tweeted.
So sorry for the Avant family. My heart goes out to you!!! OMG!!!! Where are we??!!! WHAT are we?!! 🙏🏿💔https://t.co/mhyGK4Nm3j— Viola Davis (@violadavis) December 1, 2021