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Man Sought After Allegedly Vandalizing Los Feliz Sikh Temple, Threatening Witness

Los Angeles police are searching for Artyom Manukyan, 27, who is accused of vandalizing the exterior of the Hollywood Sikh Temple with hateful messages and then threatening a man who captured the incident in a cellphone video. (Credit: James Queally / Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles police have identified a suspect who wrote a pair of hateful screeds on the outside of a Sikh temple in Los Feliz and threatened to slit the throat of a witness who caught the incident on video, investigators said Monday.

Artyom Manukyan, 27, is accused of using a black marker to write rambling messages on the walls of the Hollywood Sikh Temple on Vermont Avenue about 2 p.m. Aug. 31, said Capt. Robert Long of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Major Crimes Division.

The suspect was confronted by several people, including a man who filmed the incident and posted it on Facebook, Long said. The man followed Manukyan for several blocks before the suspect threatened him with a straight razor, police said.

In a portion of the video, a man police identified as Manukyan can be seen calmly walking away from the wall and ignoring someone who repeatedly shouts, “Why did you write on it?”

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