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Warrant signed to extradite Las Vegas Strip shooting suspect

April 11, 2013|By Kate Mather

A governor's warrant has been signed to extradite the man suspected in a fatal shooting and subsequent crash on the Las Vegas Strip, officials said.

Los Angeles County district attorney spokeswoman Jane Robison confirmed the governor's warrant had been received, clearing the way for Ammar Harris to be returned to Nevada authorities. Harris, 27, was arrested in a Studio City apartment complex a week after the Feb. 21 shooting.

His public defender requested the governor's warrant when Harris refused to waive his extradition rights at a March hearing.

It was unclear when Harris would be extradited.

Harris is accused in a car-to-car shooting that led to the deaths of three people, including Kenneth Cherry Jr., a rapper known as "Kenny Clutch." Authorities allege that Harris opened fire from his Range Rover onto Cherry's Maserati on Las Vegas Boulevard after an altercation at a valet stand at the Aria hotel resort.

The Maserati then sped into an intersection at Flamingo Road, where it rammed a taxi. The cab burst into flames, and the driver and passenger inside were killed. Four other vehicles were involved in the crash, and three other people injured.

Law enforcement officials described Harris as a man with a "extensive and violent criminal history." His record includes a 2010 arrest in Las Vegas on suspicion of pimping-related offenses of pandering with force and sexual assault. He has previously been arrested on suspicion of a variety of crimes in South Carolina and Georgia, authorities said.

He also operated as a pimp in Las Vegas, law enforcement sources said. In a video released by Las Vegas police during the weeklong manhunt for Harris, he flashed a fistful of $100 bills as he bragged about the money. He also boasted about money, guns, expensive cars and run-ins with the law on social media accounts, authorities said.

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