Prime suspect named in Las Vegas shooting, crash
BY AP Wire Service
Monday, February 25, 2013
2/25/13 at 6:52 AM
LAS VEGAS (AP) - A 26-year-old man was being sought Sunday as the prime suspect in a pre-dawn shooting on the Las Vegas Strip last week that led to a fiery crash that left three people dead and several others injured.
Las Vegas police Capt. Chris Jones said Sunday that investigators are working around the clock to sort through evidence and find Ammar Harris following the discovery Saturday of a black SUV used as a getaway car in the shooting and six-vehicle chain-reaction carnage on the neon-lit boulevard near the Bellagio, Caesars Palace, Bally's and Flamingo resorts.
An aspiring rapper driving a Maserati was shot to death Thursday, and two people in a taxi died in a fiery crash when the Maserati hit their vehicle.
Harris, who police said was arrested last year on allegations that he was a pimp, was named Saturday as the prime suspect in the triple homicide. Jones said police didn't know where he was.
Police released a jail photo of Harris taken following his arrest in Las Vegas last year on pandering, kidnapping, sexual assault and coercion charges. The disposition of that case was not immediately known.
Harris sometimes goes by the name Ammar Asim Faruq Harris, police said. The photo shows him with tattoos on his right cheek and words on his neck above an image that appeared to depict an owl with blackened eyes. Jones said Harris should be considered armed and dangerous.
Police had been searching for the black Range Rover since it was last seen speeding away from the shooting. It was located at a gated apartment complex a couple of blocks east of the Strip, and was impounded as evidence.
Kenneth Wayne Cherry Jr., was mortally wounded when the dark gray Maserati he was driving was peppered by gunfire from the SUV. Taxi driver Michael Boldon and passenger Sandra Sutton-Wasmund, of Maple Valley, Wash., died in the taxi.
Original Print Headline: Suspect identified in Las Vegas crash deaths
Ammar Harris: He was named Saturday as the suspect in a triple homicide in which a gunman targeted a Maserati driver who, while being chased and shot at on the Las Vegas Strip, ran a red light and hit a taxi. Three people died in the incident and several others were injured.