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Neighbor says suspect in Ronni Chasen case was an ex-convict

December 1, 2010 | 11:11 pm

The suspect in the Ronni Chasen killing who fatally shot himself Wednesday in a Los Angeles apartment building had told residents that he was an ex-convict who served time in state prison, according to one person who lives there.

Neighbor Brandon Harrison said he knew the man only as Harold and that he had moved into the Harvey Apartments three months ago but was evicted after the first month for failing to pay rent.

Harold had returned to the building repeatedly and asked Harrison and others if police were looking for him.

Harrison said Harold described himself as an ex-convict who served two stints in state prison, the most recent for firearms and drug convictions. Harold vowed that he would never go back to prison, according to Harrison.

"He told me several times, 'If it ever came back down to me going to prison, I would die first,'" Harrison recalled.

He said Harold told him that he was supposed to be getting $10,000, at one point saying it was for a job he did and on another occasion saying it was from a lawsuit.

Harrison said he had no way of corroborating Harold's claims.

 "I don't even know, if he ever was in prison, or if anything he told me was true," Harrison said. "The man was very strange."

--Abby Sewell in Hollywood


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