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Las Vegas Strip shooting suspect refuses to waive extradition

March 14, 2013 |  2:54 pm

Ammar HarrisA 26-year-old man arrested in Studio City and held on suspicion of murder in a car-to-car shooting on the Las Vegas Strip refused to waive extradition Thursday and asked Nevada authorities to produce a governor’s warrant.

Ammar Harris is accused of a Feb. 21 shooting that led to the deaths of three people, including Kenneth Cherry Jr., a rap artist known as Kenny Clutch. Las Vegas police allege that Harris -– described by law enforcement officials as having an “extensive and violent criminal history” -- 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 cab, which erupted in flames. The taxi driver and passenger inside were killed. Four other vehicles were involved and three other people were injured.

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Two days later, Harris’ vehicle was found at a Las Vegas apartment complex. He was charged with murder, even though he could not be located.

After a weeklong manhunt, Harris was found at an apartment in the 4100 block of Arch Drive in the San Fernando Valley, 270 miles from the scene of the crime.

After his public defender requested the warrant before Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Shelly Torrealba, a status hearing was scheduled for April 12. Authorities have 90 days to secure the warrant from the Nevada governor's office.

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

Authorities believe that Harris, using the name Jai'duh, posted pictures of stacks of $100 bills and a Carbon 15 pistol on one social media site.

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.

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Photo: Ammar Harris. Credit: Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

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