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Knott's Had Ejected Two Murder Suspects

June 27, 1998|VALERIE BURGHER

Two murder suspects wanted by the FBI were seen in Anaheim last week, thrown out of Knott's Berry Farm on Wednesday and arrested in Nevada on Thursday, FBI officials said.

Travis Johnson, 18, and Gary Harrall, 21, are suspected of killing two men in Louisiana in late May and early June, authorities said.

Johnson and Harrall were reportedly seen in an Anaheim pawnshop last week and later traced to an Anaheim hotel, said Tim White, a special agent with the FBI in Santa Ana.

On Wednesday evening, they were asked to leave Knott's Berry Farm after reportedly causing a commotion.

Knott's security personnel approached the two men, who left without incident. Local police were not contacted. "They didn't know who they were dealing with at the time," White said.

"It wasn't until they saw the men's pictures on TV that anyone was able to identify them. We started getting calls from citizens who said they had seen them. With some of those tips we were led to a hotel up in Hollywood," White said.

From Hollywood the suspects got on a bus to Henderson, Nev., where FBI agents arrested them. They were taken to the Clark County Sheriff's Department pending extradition to Louisiana.

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