Suspect in Strip shooting-crash returned to Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Fears that a self-described pimp might try to escape didn’t materialize as he was moved under tight security from Los Angeles to Las Vegas to face charges in a Strip shooting and fiery crash that killed three people, authorities said Tuesday.

“We took no chances,” Las Vegas police Capt. Chris Jones said after Ammar Harris was booked into Clark County jail. “We had information that he was contemplating attempts to escape, but the transfer was uneventful.”

Harris, 27, had been held in Los Angeles since his Feb. 28 arrest at an apartment in Studio City following an intense manhunt.

It was not immediately clear if Harris had a lawyer in Las Vegas.

He was due to appear Wednesday before a Las Vegas justice of the peace on three felony murder counts, one count of attempted murder, and several felony counts of firing a weapon.

The charges stem from a pre-dawn shooting on Feb. 21 that killed the driver of a Maserati sports car that slammed into a taxi that burst into flames.

Five people were injured in chain-reaction crashes at the neon-lit crossroads that features such iconic resorts as Caesars Palace, Bellagio, Bally’s and the Flamingo. Stunned tourists compared the carnage to a Hollywood action film.

Police allege Harris fired shots from his black Range Rover SUV at aspiring rapper Kenneth Wayne Cherry Jr. after the two exchanged angry words in the valet area of the glassy Aria resort and engaged in a short, tire-squealing chase along Las Vegas Boulevard.

Police found no gun in the Maserati and no evidence that Cherry returned fire before the Maserati slammed into the cab, killing driver Michael Boldon, 62, of Las Vegas, and passenger Sandra Sutton-Wasmund, 48, of Maple Valley, Wash.

The SUV was found two days later at an apartment complex near the Strip, triggering the manhunt for Harris.

Members of a joint Las Vegas-area police-FBI criminal apprehension team handled the overnight transfer of Harris.

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