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Las Vegas Strip shooting suspect arrested in Los Angeles

Booking photograph of Ammar Harris at time of arrest, Feb. 28, 2013.
February 28, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
A suspect in the fatal shooting of rapper Kenny Clutch on the Las Vegas Strip has been arrested in Los Angeles, according to Las Vegas Police.

The Feb. 21 shooting caused a traffic collision that burned a cab, killing two people inside.

Las Vegas Police Capt. Chris Jones says Ammar Harris was arrested Thursday by a team of police and federal agents in North Hollywood.

The 26-year-old is a self-described pimp who was the subject of a multi-state manhunt following the Feb. 21 gunfire and chain-reaction crash that killed three and injured at least five.

The FBI said Harris was taken into custody at an apartment located at 4150 Arch Drive in Studio City Thursday. He was reportedly staying with a female friend who was detained for questioning.

Police say he fired at least five shots into a Maserati sports car, killing Clutch, a self-promoted rapper, who he argued with earlier in the valet area of a Las Vegas Strip resort. The Maserati slammed into a taxi, killing the driver and a businesswoman from Washington state.

Harris is facing 11 charges filed by Clark County, Nevada authorities, including murder with use of a deadly weapon and discharging a firearm from a motor vehicle.

In a Thursday afternoon news conference, Las Vegas Police personnel thanked the Los Angeles Police Department and the FBI for their combined efforts in the joint task force that led to Harris's arrest.

Police said there were four people, including Harris, in the Range Rover. Harris is the only suspect in the shooting. The other three people in the vehicle were located and interviewed and were not expected to face charges. A fourth person of interest who was incorrectly identified in news media reports Wednesday was located in another state and was determined not to have been in the vehicle.

Las Vegas Police said detectives had an idea where Harris was hiding in Los Angeles. Harris surrendered peacefully in Thursday's arrest, said police. LVPD detectives were en route to Los Angeles Thursday.

Harris is scheduled to appear Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court Department 30 on a fugitive warrant. His extradition to Las Vegas was expected to be considered at about 10 a.m. Harris was held without bail.

Harris was previously arrested last year in Las Vegas in a 2010 prostitution case using the name Ammar Asim Faruq Harris. He was charged with robbery, sexual assault, kidnapping and coercion with a weapon, and police sought charges of pandering by force and felon in possession of concealed weapon. Court records show that case was dismissed last June.

Harris was convicted in South Carolina in 2004 of felony possession with intent to sell a stolen pistol and convicted that same year in Atlanta of a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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