Arrests made in UNC mascot death

January 18, 2008 2:10:36 PM PST
New Jersey authorities made an arrest in the death of a UNC mascot.

Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli announced the arrest of Armen Hovsepian, 25, of Paramus, New Jersey for driving while suspended in a fatal motor vehicle accident and hindering prosecution which resulted in the death of Jason Kendall Ray.

They also arrested Hovsepyan's father, 52-year-old Gagik Hovsepian. He is charged with hindering apprehension, obstructing administration of law and making a false report under oath.

The incident happened in March 23 while UNC was in New Jersey for the NCAA tournament. UNC mascot, Jason Ray, 21, was walking eastbound on Route 4 in Fort Lee, New Jersey when he was struck by an SUV.

Ray was pronounced dead at Hackensack University Medical Center.

Upon arrival at the scene, members of the Fort Lee Police Department were informed by Gagik Housepian that he was the driver at the time of the collision and his son, Armen was a passenger. The crime scene investigation revealed no criminal activity and the collision was determined to be accidental.

The Fort Lee Police Department was subsequently contacted by a witness who provided information that Armen Hovsepian was the actual driver at the time of the collision. A follow up investigation revealed that Armen Hovsepian was a suspended driver at the time of the collision.

Armen Hovsepian is charged with once count of driving while suspended in a fatal motor vehicle accident and one count of hindering apprehension.

Gagik Hovsepyan was charged with one count of hindering apprehension, one count of obstructing administration of law and one count of making a false statement under oath.


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