The suspect in the shooting and fiery crash in Las Vegas last week that killed Oakland-born rapper Kenneth Cherry Jr. and two other people was arrested in the Los Angeles area today, police said. Las Vegas police said Ammar Harris, 26, was arrested by the Los Angeles Criminal Apprehension Team in North Hollywood. Las Vegas police said they believe the shooting may have stemmed from a confrontation that Cherry, 27, who raps under the name Kenny Clutch, had with Harris in the area of the Aria Resort and Casino shortly after 4 a.m. on Feb. 21.
They said Cherry drove his Maserati down Las Vegas Boulevard and the occupants of a Black Range Rover shot at his car and struck him. Police said Cherry continued driving, went through a red light and struck a taxi at the intersection with Flamingo Road. The cab burst into flames, killing the taxi driver, Michael Boldon, and his passenger, Sandra Sutton-Wasmund of Maple Valley, Wash., according to police.
Cherry’s Maserati came to rest near the taxi and he was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Las Vegas police said that in addition to the three people who were killed six other people were injured. After Cherry was killed, his Las Vegas-based attorney, Vicki Greco, described him as “loyal and dependable” and said in real life he wasn’t like the gangster image he projected in his rap videos. Greco said Cherry “was very driven and goal-oriented and was on his way to reaching his aspirations but his career was not at its peak yet.” She said Cherry had lived in Las Vegas for at least five years and she has represented him in a civil case and several minor traffic tickets.
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