A Russian-born teen gunned down Bill Cosby’s son in a random robbery attempt, police said Thursday, confirming that his arrest came after a tipster went to the National Enquirer in hopes of claiming a $100,000 reward.
Mikail Markhasev, 18, who came to the U.S. eight years ago, is the alleged shooter, L.A. police Chief Willie L. Williams said during a news conference Thursday. Markhasev was arrested Wednesday.
Williams rejected reports that the Jan. 16 killing of Ennis Cosby, 27, may have been the work of a Russian car-theft ring.
“This was a random stop as far as we know now,” Williams said. “There is no indication that there is any Russian gang or Russian mob ties at all.” Cosby was shot as he changed a tire on his $130,000 Mercedes-Benz.
Markhasev, arrested at his North Hollywood home, was to be charged with one count of murder today.