5 days pass with no arrest in Vegas Strip shooting
5 days pass with no arrest in shooting and fiery crash that killed 3 on Las Vegas Strip
Police were tight-lipped Tuesday about a manhunt for an ex-convict identified as the prime suspect in a Las Vegas Strip shooting and fiery crash that left three dead last week.
But a top investigator in the case vowed that 26-year-old Ammar Harris will be found.
"We are confident we know what happened and how," Las Vegas police homicide Lt. Ray Steiber said. "All this is about now is locating him and arresting him."
Police don't want to say much about the search because the ex-convict wanted on a triple homicide warrant can see the news, too, Steiber said.
Police have said Harris was the driver and shooter who fired from his black Range Rover SUV into a Maserati sports car before dawn Thursday, killing an aspiring rapper and causing a crash that killed two people when a taxi exploded in a fireball.
Kenneth Wayne Cherry Jr., 27, was mortally wounded in the Maserati, and a passenger with him was wounded in the arm. The passenger hasn't been identified. Police said he was cooperating with investigators.
Taxi driver Michael Boldon, 62, of Las Vegas, and passenger Sandra Sutton-Wasmund, 48, of Maple Valley, Wash., died in the flaming taxi. Four people from four other vehicles were treated for non-life-threatening injuries after the crash.
Police say the shockingly violent episode stemmed from an altercation between Cherry and Harris after 4 a.m. in a valet area of the upscale Aria resort a block south of the crash scene.
Police previously released a photo of Harris taken after his arrest 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.
Police also sought pandering by force and ex-felon in possession of concealed weapon charges stemming from allegations that Harris was a pimp and attacked a woman. Court records show that case was dismissed last June.
Ads with Harris's photo were posted Monday on billboards along major southern Nevada freeways.
The image shows Harris with tattoos on his right cheek and words on his neck above an image that appeared to depict an owl with blackened eyes. Police said Harris should be considered armed and dangerous.
Public records show that Harris previously lived in South Carolina and Georgia, and told police when he was arrested in Miami Beach last December that he had lived in Florida for about a year.
Harris was convicted in 2004 in Orangeburg, S.C., of felony possession with intent to sell a stolen pistol.
In Atlanta, Harris pleaded guilty to a reduced misdemeanor marijuana possession charge following his arrest in June 2004 on a felony marijuana distribution charge.
Harris was arrested in February 2008 in Atlanta on a misdemeanor battery charge after a woman accused him of dragging her from his vehicle at 4 a.m., throwing her to the ground and beating her. The outcome of that case was not immediately clear Tuesday.
In Las Vegas, police said other people were with Harris in the SUV as it fled after the chain-reaction crash at a crossroads boasting the Bellagio, Caesars Palace, Bally's and Flamingo resorts.
The SUV was found Saturday at a gated apartment complex two blocks east of the Strip.
Steiber said a dealer ad that witnesses reported seeing in place of a license plate on the SUV after the crash had been replaced.
"The vehicle had been changed by the time we found it," the homicide lieutenant said Tuesday.
Investigators haven't said whether the others in the getaway vehicle have been identified or questioned, or whether they face criminal charges.
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