March 1st, 2013 | By love not hate
A man wanted in connection with a shooting and crash which killed three people on the Las Vegas Strip has been arrested, police revealed today.
Las Vegas police Captain Chris Jones said self-described ‘pimp’ Ammar Harris was arrested Thursday by a team of police and federal agents in North Hollywood.
The 26-year-old was the subject of a multi-state manhunt following the February 21 shooting which caused a dramatic multiple car accident down the resort’s famous road which claimed the lives of three people including a tourist, who was a mother of three.
Police say Harris fired five shots into a Maserati killing aspiring rapper Kenneth Cherry around 4.20am.
The pair are believed to have argued outside a rap concert earlier in the evening.
As Cherry, 27, tried to escape the spray of bullets he hit the accelerator and crashed at speed into a nearby taxi hitting six other vehicles.
The taxi was engulfed in flames killing passenger, Sandi Sutton-Wasmund from Maple Valley Washington who had twice survived breast cancer, and driver Michael Boldon, the sole carer for his elderly mother.
Police say Harris was driving the blacked-out SUV and fired the shots at Cherry.
Tineesha Lashun Howard, a 22-year-old woman also known as Yenesis Alfonzo, was previously being sought in connection with the incident as an identified passenger in the SUV but was said to no longer be a person of interest today.
Police say there were two other women, as well as Howard, in the SUV as well as a male passenger.
They have now all been found and interviewed and will not face any charges.
Jones wouldn’t release the names of the other passengers saying police were concerned for their safety.
‘There is no other person wanted in this case other than Harris,’ Jones said. ‘No one else faces charges.’
Harris is a felon and has Internet posts which show him with fists full of money, boasting of a high-rolling lifestyle with prostitutes.
He was 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.
Terrifying: Kenneth Cherry Jr. was shot dead and taxi driver Michael Bolden died when his vehicle exploded
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.
Cherry, who performed under the name ‘Kenny Clutch, was described as a ‘decent kid’ by devastated relatives in North California.
No weapons were found in the silver Maserati, police confirmed today, and Cherry did not return fire.
‘I want to make it clear that my son was no gangster or nothing like that,’ his father, also Kenneth, said.
‘He moved to Vegas about six year ago and he was writing music and rap.’
In a statement the family of Sandi Sutton-Wasmund described her as ‘ loving wife, mother, daughter and sister’ She was well-known in her small town and was in Las Vegas for a trade show to by clothes for her womenswear shop.
Bolden’s family revealed he had moved to Las Vegas a year ago to care for his 93-year-old mother.
Las Vegas taxicab companies pledged $35,000 toward a reward fund for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Harris in honor of the driver.
Five other people were injured in the incident.
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