Four-Year Manhunt Leads To Suspect In Road Rage Case

Nov 13 2004

Four-Year Manhunt Leads To Suspect In Road Rage Case
Police Find Suspect In Armenia

POSTED: 6:16 pm PST November 12, 2004
UPDATED: 6:47 pm PST November 12, 2004

LOS ANGELES — An investigation into the death of a motorist four
years ago took Los Angeles police to the other side of the globe.

Michael Craven was 44 years old when he was killed in a traffic
incident. His death came six weeks before his son, Jesse Craven,
graduated from high school.

“The person who was always there isn’t,” Jesse Craven said. “He was
the person (who) was always there filming my games. He was at every

Police said an enraged motorist ran over Michael Craven after
stopping on the side of the 101 Freeway in April 2000. Police said
the suspect fled to Armenia.

“It was disconcerting to think that he could be out there hurting
someone else,” said Jesse Craven’s mother, Kathleen Barich.

The family was notified Thursday night that authorities had tracked
down the suspect.

“My view of law enforcement — United States justice and the West
Hollywood Division — has completely (increased),” Jesse Craven said.

The suspect, a commercial driver, was taken to the Mid-Central Jail
in downtown Los Angeles. Bond was set at $1 million. A court
appearance was scheduled for Nov. 24.