Los Angeles Police Arrest Suspect Accused of Sparking Las Vegas Strip Shooting

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Ammar Harris
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This image provided by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shows Ammar Harris in a booking photo from a 2012 arrest in Las Vegas.

Police in Los Angeles have arrested a suspect in connection with the shooting and subsequent explosive vehicle crash that killed three people last week on the Las Vegas Strip.

Ammar Harris, 26, who describes himself online as a “pimp,” was taken into custody Thursday morning in a North Hollywood apartment, after a week-long manhunt that originated 250 miles up the 15 freeway. Last Thursday, Harris created quite the spectacle on the Strip, the famous stretch of roadway through Vegas’s casinos and bars often frequented by tourists and gamblers.

In an altercation believed to have began at the valet area of the Aria Resort and Casino at 4 a.m., the fight quickly spilled out onto the street. There, Kenny Cherry, 27, an aspiring hip-hop artist who went by the moniker Kenny Clutch, was driving his Maserati when he was shot to death, gunned down in a barrage of gunfire from a Range Rover. Clutch’s Maserati then sped through a red light and slammed into a taxicab, exploding both vehicles and killing cab driver Michael Bouldon, 62, and the taxi’s passenger Sandra Sutton-Wasmund, 48. The SUV managed to speed from the scene despite the flying bullets and flaming wreckage, launching a slew of questions about the people responsible for the shooting.

As the major Strip intersection remained closed for 15 hours while authorities cleaned up the scene, the ensuing multi-state search led police to three women who were passengers in Harris’s SUV during the crash. After authorities were alerted to Harris’s name and picture, they placed billboards throughout the city with his picture on it seeking tips leading to his arrest.

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By Wednesday, police had found and interviewed all three women who were riding in the Range Rover. One of them, Tineesha Lashun Howard, was found in a state outside of Nevada, which police would not identify. Howard, 22, who has a history of arrests for prostitution, was sought as a person of interest, as they thought she might be in danger. Police say none of the women are suspects in the shooting.

Harris, whose online photos paint himself as a “pimp” and show him holding fists full of money, even appears in a YouTube video bragging while counting hundred-dollar bills. He has a long history of delinquency, convicted in 2004 for trying to sell a stolen weapon and again the same year on a misdemeanor marijuana charge. He was arrested last year in Vegas in a 2010 prostitution case and charged with robbery, sexual assault and kidnapping among other felonies, but the case was dropped in June.

– With reporting by The Associated Press

14 comments
JamesJohnson
JamesJohnson

There are very vicious and vile comments on this page which reconfirms my theory that "we are all quite insane"! Those who are thinking and saying the worse things about each other, and about the suspect are showing themselves to be very vile and disturbed individuals. It all makes sense, and in the long run I would suspect that many would likely be caught up in some similar position given the proper circumstances. You have no idea! Also remember that in this country a person is innocent until proven guilty not until the media has demonized them with information that may or may not be true etc..Finally try to understand that lunacy trumps education and intellect and we are mostly highly functioning lunatics!

jbeam794
jbeam794

They should drag that ngger behind a car.

LeoSmith
LeoSmith

Typical Obama voter..thug


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TimothyJames1
TimothyJames1 like.author.displayName 1 Like

the only reason they are blaming this guy is because he's black. what a racist country we live in

jbeam794
jbeam794

@TimothyJames1 They should hang you and that scum bag from a tree.  Thats where you look the best

LeoSmith
LeoSmith

@TimothyJames1 , So anyone who tells the facts is a racist. Your an IDIOT.. And my brothers would tell you.I am the farthest thing from a racist....The only racist here is YOU!  Loser


jbeam794
jbeam794

@LeoSmith @TimothyJames1 Leo your arguing with a typical black high school drop out on there way to be nothing in life.  You know ,  There typical path.  

Voodoodaddy405
Voodoodaddy405

@TimothyJames1 Um, or maybe because it was his Range Rover and he was ID'd as the shooter... But hey, let's ignore the facts and just play the race card. THAT is the real problem with this country; let's deflect the truth because he's black. By definition I think that makes you the racist.

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