You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Cosby killer acted alone, chief says

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.

More Scene

  • Tesse Restaurant Opens on L.A.'s Sunset

    Tesse Restaurant Takes on the Challenge of Making the Sunset Strip Hip Again

    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 […]

  • Tiffany Haddish

    MTV Movie and TV Awards: The 10 Standout Moments

    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 […]

  • Michael B. Jordan

    'Black Panther,' 'Stranger Things' Reign at 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards (Full List)

    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 […]

  • Brandon Flynn, Timothy Granaderos, Alisha Boe,

    Alisha Boe Says Brock Turner Case Was Her 'Bible' for '13 Reasons Why' Season 2

    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 […]

  • Yara ShahidiMTV Movie & TV Awards,

    Yara Shahidi, Noah Schnapp, More Talk the Dangers of Social Media at MTV Awards

    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 […]

  • A Night in the Writers' Room

    Parity Takes Center Stage at Variety's 'A Night in the Writers' Room' Drama Panel

    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 […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content