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Suspect in Las Vegas shooting, crash arrested in L.A., sources say

February 28, 2013 |  2:10 pm

Ammar HarrisA suspect wanted in connection with a shooting and crash last week on the Las Vegas Strip that left three people dead was arrested Thursday in Los Angeles, sources said.

Ammar Harris, 26, was taken into custody by FBI agents and Los Angeles police in the San Fernando Valley around midday, sources said.

Las Vegas police described Harris as "armed and dangerous" with an "extensive and violent criminal history" when they named him as a suspect two days after the Feb. 21 shooting, which officials believe began as a predawn altercation in the valet parking lot of the Aria resort hotel.

PHOTOS: Shots fired on the Las Vegas strip

Authorities said two vehicles left the parking lot onto Las Vegas Boulevard: a Range Rover believed to be driven by Harris, and a Maserati driven by Kenneth Cherry Jr., an Oakland native and aspiring rapper known as "Kenny Clutch."

Police allege that Harris opened fire on the Maserati, peppering the vehicle with bullets. The sports car sped into the intersection at Flamingo Road, where it rammed a Yellow Cab. The taxi exploded, killing the driver and passenger inside.

Four other vehicles were involved in the fiery crash, officials said.

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Both Cherry and a passenger in the Maserati were taken to an area hospital, where Cherry was pronounced dead, police said. Three other people were injured in the crash.

The Range Rover was discovered two days after the shooting at a Las Vegas-area apartment complex, police said.

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Photo: Ammar Harris. Source: Las Vegas Metro Police Department

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