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Feb 26, 2013

Suspect in Las Vegas Strip shooting has criminal history

By Dan Whitcomb

(Reuters) – The prime suspect in the slaying of an aspiring rapper who was shot and killed while driving a Maserati on the Las Vegas Strip has a long criminal history, with prior arrests on charges that include robbery, sexual assault and kidnapping, police said on Monday.

Four days after the shooting touched off a fiery pre-dawn crash at the heart of the Las Vegas Strip that also killed a taxi driver and his passenger, police said they were now seeking help from the public in finding 26-year-old Ammar Harris.

Feb 25, 2013

Prime suspect in Las Vegas Strip shooting has long criminal history

By Dan Whitcomb

(Reuters) – The prime suspect in the death of an aspiring rapper shot and killed while driving a Maserati on the Las Vegas Strip has a lengthy criminal history with prior arrests on charges including robbery, sexual assault and kidnapping, police said on Monday.

Authorities have identified Ammar Harris, 26, as the man they believe opened fire from behind the wheel of his luxury sport utility vehicle on Kenneth Wayne Cherry Jr., 27, on the heart of the Las Vegas strip.

Feb 22, 2013

Manhunt underway for suspects in fatal Las Vegas strip shooting

By Dan Whitcomb

(Reuters) – A multi-state manhunt was under way on Friday for the men who shot dead an aspiring rapper as he drove on the Las Vegas Strip in a Maserati, touching off a fiery crash that killed a cab driver and his passenger.

Las Vegas police have not named any suspects in the dramatic pre-dawn shooting in the heart of the desert resort city on Thursday, but said they were still hunting for a black Range Rover used in the incident.

Feb 22, 2013

No trauma signs on body of Canadian woman found in L.A. hotel water tank

LOS ANGELES, Feb 22 (Reuters) – The autopsy of a 21-year-old
Canadian student found dead in a water tank atop a historic Los
Angeles hotel turned up no fatal wounds, offering no clear
answers to her puzzling last days and death, coroner’s officials
said on Friday.

The inconclusive finding means that further tests must be
conducted to determine a cause of death for Elisa Lam, who went
missing from the Cecil Hotel in downtown Los Angeles under
suspicious circumstances in late January.

Feb 20, 2013

Body found in LA hotel water tank may be missing Canadian tourist

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A body found in a large water tank on top of a downtown Los Angeles hotel on Tuesday may belong to a 21-year-old Canadian woman who went missing under suspicious circumstances while staying there late last month, police said.

Elisa Lam, a student from Vancouver, British Columbia, who was visiting Southern California on her own, was last seen at the Cecil Hotel on January 31. Los Angeles Police detectives had characterized her disappearance as suspicious.

Feb 13, 2013

Fate of fugitive ex-LA cop unknown after fiery standoff; deputy killed

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A gunman thought to be a fugitive ex-cop shot and killed one police officer and wounded another in a gun fight with sheriff’s deputies who tracked him down to a mountain cabin northeast of Los Angeles on Tuesday, police said.

Authorities said they presumed the shooter to be former Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner, 33, who is suspected of a revenge-fueled killing spree targeting police and their families. Television news footage showed smoke and flames engulfing the cabin in a heavily wooded area of the snow-covered mountains of the San Bernardino National Forest. The fate of the gunman who led California authorities on a six-day manhunt was unknown.

Feb 12, 2013

LA homicide detectives sift 700 clues in manhunt for ex-cop

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Detectives were pursuing some 700 clues in their manhunt for an ex-cop suspected of a revenge-driven killing spree, Los Angeles police said on Monday, a day after a $1 million reward was posted for information leading to the fugitive’s capture.

Christopher Dorner, 33, is accused of targeting law enforcement officers and their families in three killings committed in retaliation for his 2008 firing from the Los Angeles Police Department.

Feb 11, 2013

Los Angeles Police chase 600 clues in hunt for ex-cop wanted in murders

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Detectives in Los Angeles were following up on some 600 clues to the whereabouts of an ex-police officer suspected of killing three people, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesman said on Monday, the day after a $1 million reward was posted for information regarding the fugitive’s whereabouts.

Christopher Dorner, 33, has not been spotted since early on Thursday, when he is accused of ambushing two policemen at a red light in Riverside, 60 miles east of Los Angeles. One of those officers was killed, the other wounded.

Feb 8, 2013

A former police officer terrorizes Los Angeles, then vanishes

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A day after a bloody crime wave attributed to a former Los Angeles police officer with a deadly grudge left the city on edge, the man at the center of the drama seemed to vanish on Friday, leaving behind only a few footprints in the snow.

For more than 24 hours, the hunt for 33-year-old Christopher Dorner gripped Southern California as police pursued him through the streets of two Inland Empire communities, descended on a San Diego naval base and combed fruitlessly over a ski resort in the mountains northeast of Los Angeles.

Feb 8, 2013

Manhunt on for ex-California cop accused of vendetta shootings

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Police swarmed a California ski area on Thursday in their search for a fired Los Angeles policeman accused of killing three people and declaring an all-out war on law enforcement officers and their families in a rambling Internet manifesto.

Police were drawn to the area after the discovery of a burned-out pickup truck belonging to the suspect Christopher Dorner, 33.