Las Vegas Strip shooting suspect is a pimp, sources say

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The man suspected in a shooting and chain-reaction car crash on the Las Vegas Strip is a self-described pimp who was previously arrested on sexual assault and pandering, or pimping, charges, law enforcement sources said.

Ammar Harris, 26, was taken into custody by FBI agents and Los Angeles police about midday Thursday in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles police Cmdr. Andrew Smith confirmed to The Times. Las Vegas police confirmed the arrest.


Police and FBI agents said he was being held on suspicion of murder and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

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The Feb. 21 shooting and crash left three people dead, including Kenneth Cherry Jr., an Oakland native and rapper known as Kenny Clutch. Las Vegas police allege that Harris opened fire on Cherry’s Maserati on Las Vegas Boulevard after an altercation at a valet stand at the Aria hotel resort.

The Maserati then sped into the intersection at Flamingo Road, where it rammed a Yellow Cab, officials said. The taxi exploded, killing the driver and passenger inside. Four other vehicles were involved in the fiery crash.

Both Cherry and a passenger in the Maserati were taken to an area hospital, where Cherry was pronounced dead, police said. Three other people were injured in the crash.

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In a video released by Las Vegas police, Harris flashed a fistful of $100 bills as he bragged about the money. He also bragged about money, guns, expensive cars and run-ins with the law on his Twitter account, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. The Twitter account reportedly has since been deleted.

The newspaper also reported that Harris boasted about women, using social media to instruct prostitutes and recruit new girls. Las Vegas police said a woman inside Harris’ Range Rover at the time of the shooting had previously been arrested for soliciting prostitution. Sources told The Times that at least one other woman inside the vehicle had a similar record.

Las Vegas investigators suspected that Harris may have fled to California when they discovered that his phone records showed he was communicating with people in the state.

Harris is due in court Tuesday.


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