Las Vegas shooting suspect to appear in L.A. court Monday
The man suspected in a deadly car-to-car shooting in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip is expected to appear in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom Monday for an extradition proceeding after his arrest last week in Studio City.
Ammar Harris, 26, was arrested Thursday after a weeklong manhunt. He is charged with murder and is expected to be extradited to Nevada. Extradition matters generally are called at about 10 a.m, officials from the Los Angeles district attorney's office said.
Harris is accused of being the gunman in the Feb. 21 shooting that killed three people, including Kenneth Cherry Jr., an Oakland native and rapper known as Kenny Clutch. Las Vegas police said Harris opened fire from his Range Rover on Cherry's Maserati on Las Vegas Boulevard after an altercation at a valet stand at the Aria hotel resort.
The Maserati then sped into the intersection at Flamingo Road, where it rammed a taxi, which erupted in flames near the Bellagio, Flamingo and Caesars Palace casinos. The explosion killed the taxi's driver and passenger.
Cherry and a passenger in his Maserati were taken to a hospital, where Cherry was pronounced dead. Four other vehicles were involved in the fiery crash, which left three other people with injuries.
"What I can tell you is that Mr. Harris' behavior was unlike any other I've seen, and I've been in this community in law enforcement for 32 years," Clark County Dist. Atty. Steve Wolfson said.
Harris operated as a pimp in Las Vegas, according to law enforcement sources. In a video released by Las Vegas police, Harris flashed a fistful of $100 bills. He boasted about money, guns, expensive cars and run-ins with the law on social media accounts, authorities said.
On one social media site, using the name Jai'duh, someone authorities believe was Harris posted pictures of stacks of $100 bills and a Carbon 15 pistol.
Harris' 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.
-- Richard Winton, John Glionna, Kate Mather and Matt Stevens