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Friday
Jun072013

California Attorney Charged After Vegas Hotel Room Trashed

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department(LAS VEGAS) -- It’s practically a scene from the comedy The Hangover: A nice hotel room gets trashed by the end of the evening.

While the Wolf Pack from the movie was able to escape its worries by the end of the weekend, one California attorney hasn’t received such a happy ending.

“The room appeared to be in total disarray, the furniture was thrown about and what appeared to be glass debris [was] on the floor,” Jose Hernandez, a spokesman for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, told ABC News.

Robert Pearman, 45, has been charged with malicious destruction or injury of property of another after a night at the Encore Hotel in Las Vegas, and is expected in court in July to answer the charges, according to the criminal complaint and police report.

Pearman, through his attorney, declined comment to ABC News.

According to a criminal complaint, Pearman and five friends were partying in a $3,000, two-story, 5,800-square-foot room on March 30. The two-bedroom suite was equipped with hot tubs facing Las Vegas Boulevard, a massage room in the main foyer, nine-foot ceiling windows, and private check-in.

“Officers were called out to a disturbance in one of the rooms,” Hernandez said. “Upon arrival, officers made contact with the registered guest, Robert Pearman.”

The criminal complaint described “room items broken, and numerous food items were spattered on the carpeting, walls, floors and drapery with lamps, shades and a decorative vase were damaged.”

When confronted by police, according to the criminal complaint, Pearman appeared intoxicated and said, “I take full responsibility for what happened here, we were partying. I did all of this, I am responsible for all these people, let my people go.”

However, police alleged, Pearman refused to pay for the damages. According to the complaint, he “acted highly volatile as he yelled in Encore personnel’s faces, and state[d] that he is practicing attorney, and because [he] is an attorney [he] will, ‘depose Steve Wynn, and make this place Napalm.’”

Because of the amount of damage, Pearman was taken into custody and transported to the Clark County Detention Center. Officials wouldn’t comment on Pearman’s current whereabouts, though ABC News confirmed he is out of jail and back to work as an attorney.

The Clark County District Attorney’s Office said it does not comment on ongoing criminal cases.

A spokeswoman for the Encore Hotel said, “It is not our policy to comment on guests of the resort.”

 

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Sunday
May122013

O.J. Simpson Due in Las Vegas Court on Monday

Issac Brekken-Pool/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) -- O.J. Simpson is expected to make the legal equivalent of a hail Mary pass on Monday in a Las Vegas courtroom, asking a judge to grant him a new trial on grounds his former attorney mishandled his case.

The most public glimpse of Nevada inmate No. 1027820 since his conviction will begin on Monday when Simpson arrives in Clark County District Court for the start of his five-day hearing.

Simpson, 65, is serving a nine-to-33 year sentence at Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada after he was convicted in 2008 of leading a sports memorabilia heist at gunpoint in a Las Vegas hotel room.

Simpson, who never testified in his 1995 murder trial, often called the "trial of the century," or in the 2008 trial when he was convicted, is expected to take the stand in a final bid for freedom this week.

His appeal to the Nevada Supreme Court was denied in 2010. As his current sentence stands, he won't be eligible for parole until he is 70 years old.

Much of his testimony is expected to point fingers at his former attorney, Yale Galanter, who Simpson believes fumbled the handling of his case.

According to ABC News Legal Analyst Royal Oakes, Simpson claims he didn't take a plea deal because Galanter convinced him the DA had a losing case, and that he would have taken the offer had he understood there was an actual chance of conviction.

Galanter did not immediately return ABCNews.com's request for an interview.

A hidden audio recorder in the room captured the altercation and was a key piece of evidence used to convict the ex-NFL player.

Simpson, a former American sports hero, became an infamous and polarizing character when he stood trial for the 1994 murders of his wife and her friend. He was acquitted on Oct. 3, 1995, and walked out of court a free man.

Thirteen years later, on Oct. 3, 2008, he was convicted of armed robbery and kidnapping charges and became known as Nevada inmate No. 1027820.

Oakes notes that regardless of what Simpson and his attorney said to each other, he is unlikely to win a new trial.

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Thursday
Feb282013

Las Vegas Strip Shooting Suspect Arrested in Los Angeles

LVPD(LAS VEGAS) -- The fugitive wanted for the Las Vegas strip attack that killed rapper Kenny Clutch in his Maserati and two other people in a taxi has been arrested in Los Angeles, according to ABC News' Los Angeles station, KABC.

Las Vegas Police Capt. Chris Jones told KABC that Ammar Harris was arrested Thursday by a team of police and federal agents in North Hollywood.

Harris, 26, was the subject of a nationwide manhunt that began after the Feb. 21 shooting that left the three people dead and several others wounded.

An arrest warrant for Harris was issued and he was considered, according to police, "absolutely armed and dangerous."

Harris' lengthy rap sheet includes charges of pandering with the use of force, robbery, sexual assault and kidnapping, according to ABC News' Las Vegas affiliate, KTNV.

An argument between Harris and Clutch, 27, whose legal name was Kenneth Cherry Jr., originated in the valet area of a Las Vegas hotel, police said.

Police said Harris fired several rounds into the Maserati that was being driven by Cherry as both vehicles continued northbound on glitzy Las Vegas Boulevard.

The rapper's sports car careened out of control after he was shot, slamming into several cars, including a taxi. The impact caused the cab to burst into flames, killing the driver, Michael Boldon, and a female passenger identified as Sandra Sutton-Wasmund of Maple Valley, Wash. Witnesses said it looked like the car exploded.

A passenger in the Maserati suffered a minor injury to his arm. Clutch died at University Medical Center.

The SUV allegedly driven by Harris was found Saturday in the garage of a gated apartment complex where police believe Harris was living.

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Tuesday
Feb262013

Las Vegas Strip Shooting Suspect Has 'Live Fast, Die Young' Tattoos

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department(LAS VEGAS) -- The fugitive shooting suspect in the Las Vegas strip attack that killed rapper Kenny Clutch in his Maserati and two people in a taxi has the words "Live fast, die young" ominously tattooed on his shoulders.

The tattoo is visible in a new photo released by police of suspect Ammar Harris. "Live fast" is printed on one shoulder and "die young" is on the other. He also has a heart-shaped tattoo below his right eye and an owl tattoo on his neck.

Harris, 26, has been named the primary suspect in the Feb. 21 shooting that killed three people. An arrest warrant for Harris has been issued.

Police are calling him "absolutely armed and dangerous."

"The focus is to find him and we will find him," Las Vegas Metropolitan Officer Jose Hernandez told ABC News Tuesday. "We're leaving nothing unturned."

A nationwide search is on for Harris, with police reaching out to law enforcement agencies across the country.

"We don't have any indication that he's left so we're just conducting this investigation and continuing to provide information to outside agencies," Hernandez said.

Harris' lengthy criminal history includes charges of pandering with the use of force, robbery, sexual assault and kidnapping, according to ABC News' Las Vegas affiliate, KTNV. Authorities are "making tremendous progress," Hernandez said, but most of the details of the investigation remain under wraps since the situation is ongoing.

The verbal altercation between Harris and Clutch, 27, whose legal name was Kenneth Cherry Jr., originated in the valet area of a Las Vegas hotel, police said.

Police said Harris fired several rounds into the Maserati that was being driven by Cherry as both vehicles continued northbound on glitzy Las Vegas Boulevard.

The rapper's expensive sports car careened out of control after he was shot, slamming into several cars, including a taxi. The impact caused the cab to burst into flames, killing the driver, Michael Boldon, and a female passenger identified as Sandra Sutton-Wasmund of Maple Valley, Wash. Witnesses said it looked like the car exploded.

A passenger in the Maserati was hit and sustained only a minor injury to his arm. Clutch died at University Medical Center.

The SUV allegedly driven by Harris was found Saturday in the garage of a gated apartment complex where police believe Harris was living.

"We are confident that Ammar Harris was and is the only shooter on that night," Las Vegas Lt. Ray Steiber said at a news conference. "Right now, we're utilizing any resource we can, and [those resources] can be from California all the way to Maine if we have to."

Authorities emphasized that they will not rest until Harris is found and anyone who may be helping him hide would also be guilty of crimes.

"To anyone who is aware of his location, or is assisting Ammar Harris in any way, you will be arrested and prosecuted," Las Vegas Metropolitan Captain Chris Jones said at the news conference. "You may think you're being a friend, but keep in mind Ammar Harris is wanted for the murder of three citizens."

Harris is described as 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Las Vegas Metro Police Department's homicide division at (702) 828-3521.

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Sunday
Feb242013

Las Vegas Shooting, Vehicle Explosion Suspect Identified by Police

ABC News(LAS VEGAS) -- Las Vegas police identified a suspect Saturday in a shooting on the strip that caused a Maserati to hit a taxi and burst into flames, killing three people.

Ammar Harris, 26, has been named a suspect in the Thursday skirmish that killed three people, including rapper Kenny Clutch.

The altercation between Harris and Clutch, 27, whose legal name was Kenneth Cherry Jr., is believed to have originated in the valet area of a Las Vegas hotel, police said.

Police said Harris fired several rounds into a Maserati that was being driven by Cherry as both vehicles continued northbound on glitzy Las Vegas Boulevard.

The rapper's expensive sports car careened out of control after he was shot, slamming into several cars, including a taxi. The impact caused the cab to burst into flames, killing the driver, Michael Boldon and a female passenger. Witnesses said it looked like the car exploded.

"He was a number one guy," Carolyn Jean Trimble, Boldon's sister, told ABC News.

"I looked out my window and I could see one vehicle down here on the corner of the intersection totally engulfed in flames," witness John Lamb told ABC News.

Boldon, 62, and his passenger, who has not yet been identified, were both killed, as was Clutch.

Timble said her brother loved driving his taxi around Vegas.

"He came to live with me in Las Vegas last year to help take care of our mother, and the first day he got here he said, 'I have to get a job.' The second day, I came home from work, and he said he got a job," she recalled.

"He says, 'You'll never guess what it is,' and I said, 'what,' and he said, 'taxi cab driver,' and we both fell out laughing," Trimble said. "He loved that job. He never complained. He'd come home and tell me stories about what happened, who he picked up."

Boldon was a single father who raised a 36-year-old son and was a new grandfather. His grandson was named after him, Trimble said.

"Of all the people to take from this earth," she said. "But I guess the Lord needed him."

A passenger in the Maserati was hit and sustained only a minor injury to his arm. Clutch died at University Medical Center.

His father, Kenneth Cherry Sr., expressed his grief for the loss of his son while speaking with ABC News.

"This is something you never really, really ever want to experience as a parent, to lose a child before you go," he said.

Harris is described as 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Las Vegas Metro Police Department's homicide division.

 

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Friday
Feb222013

Rapper Kenny Clutch Dead After Las Vegas Shooting

ABC NEWS(LAS VEGAS) -- Rapper Kenny Clutch has been identified by Las Vegas police as the man killed in a drive-by shooting on the Vegas strip Thursday morning, which set off a multi-state manhunt for the black Range Rover from which the shots were fired.

Clutch, whose real name is Kenneth Cherry Jr., was the victim of the shooting in the valet area of the Aria Resort and Casino.  Two others died in the attack and three were injured.

"Clearly, the suspects in this shooting have no regard for the lives and safety of others," Las Vegas Metropolitan Sheriff Doug Gillespie said at a news conference on Thursday.

Gillespie said authorities do not know how many people were in the SUV, but they are considered armed and dangerous.

Police said they believe a group of men riding in a black Range Rover Sport SUV pulled up alongside the Maserati around 4:20 a.m. Thursday and fired shots into the car, striking the driver and passenger, according to Officer Jose Hernandez of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

One passenger in the Maserati was hit and sustained only a minor injury to his arm.  Clutch, 27, who was driving, died at University Medical Center, police said.  No bystanders were hit by gunfire, Hernandez said.

The Maserati swerved into oncoming traffic and hit multiple cars before slamming into a cab, which burst into flames and exploded, police said.  The cab driver and passenger both died.

Police say they believe the shooting began as an argument moments earlier at a nearby casino.  A multi-state manhunt is on for the unidentified shooter.

"These individuals will be found, they will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law," Gillespie said.

Authorities in Nevada, Utah, Arizona and California are all on alert for the black Range Rover.

Police in Las Vegas are now trying to calm nerves, with Thursday's shooting marking the fifth violent incident reported on the popular Vegas strip since December.

Clutch's father expressed his grief for the loss of his son while speaking with ABC News.

"This is something you never really, really ever want to experience as a parent, to lose a child before you go," he said.

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Thursday
Feb212013

Las Vegas Strip Shooting Launches Multi-State Manhunt

ABC News(LAS VEGAS) -- An argument in the valet area of a Las Vegas hotel led to a deadly drive-by shooting on the occupants of a Maserati on Vegas' glitzy strip, initiating a multi-state manhunt for the black Range Rover from which the shots were fired.

Three people were left dead in the attack, including two who died when their taxi was struck by the careening sports car and exploded into flames.

"What happened is not just tragic, but underscores the level of violence we see sometimes here in Las Vegas as well as across America," Las Vegas Metropolitan Sheriff Doug Gillespie said at a news conference Thursday. "Clearly, the suspects in this shooting have no regard for the lives and safety of others."

The altercation took place in the valet area of the Aria resort and casino. Gillespie said there is currently "no indication" what the squabble was about.

Gillespie said that authorities do not know how many people are in the SUV, but that they are considered armed and dangerous. He warned members of the public to stay away from it.

"You should not take action," he said. "Instead, call your local police department and alert them to the whereabouts of the suspect vehicle."

Authorities in Nevada, Utah, Arizona and California are all on alert for the car.

"These individuals will be found," Gillespie said. "They will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law."

The Range Rover SUV shot at two people in the Maserati, which caused a multi-car crash. Police have not released the model of the sports car, but the price of a new Maserati ranges from $123,000 to $142,000.

Police said that they believe a group of men riding in a black Range Rover Sport SUV pulled up alongside the Maserati around 4:20 a.m. Thursday and fired shots into the car, striking the driver and passenger, according to Officer Jose Hernandez of the Las Vegas Metropolitan police department.

The Maserati then swerved through an intersection, hitting at least four other cars. One car that was struck, a taxi with a driver and passenger in it, caught on fire and burst into flames, trapping both occupants, Hernandez said.

The SUV then fled the scene, according to cops.

Gillespie said investigators are in the process of gathering video footage from hotels, casinos and the taxi cabs that were at the intersection.

The driver of the Maserati died from his gunshot wounds at University Medical Center shortly after the shooting, according to Sgt. John Sheahan.

The driver and passenger of the taxi both died in the car fire.

At least three individuals, including the passenger of the Maserati, were injured during the shooting and car crashes and taken to UMC hospital for treatment.

Authorities said the Maserati passenger, identified only as a man, sustained only a minor injury to his arm. He is speaking to and cooperating with police.

They do not yet know whether the cars had local plates or were from out of state.

No bystanders were hit by gunfire, Hernandez said.

"We're currently looking for a black Range Rover Sport, with large black rims and some sort of dealership advertising or advertisement plates," Hernandez said. "This is an armed and dangerous vehicle."

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority had no immediate comment about the safety of tourists in the wake of the shooting Thursday.

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Thursday
Feb212013

Hotel Fight Led to Deadly Attack on Las Vegas Strip, Police Say

ABC News(LAS VEGAS) -- Police believe an altercation at a Las Vegas hotel led to a deadly drive-by shooting on the occupants of a Maserati sports car. The shooting occured on the city's glitzy strip early Thursday morning and left three people dead, including two who died when their taxi was struck by the careening sports car and exploded into flames.

The occupants of a Range Rover SUV shot at two people in the Maserati, which caused a multi-car accident. Police have not released the model of the Maserati, but the price of a new Maserati ranges from $123,000 to $142,000.

When asked if authorities knew any more about the altercation that led to the shooting, Officer Bill Cassell of the Las Vegas Metropolitan police said, "We believe we do at this point, but we are not putting that information out."

Cassell could not yet say exactly where the altercation took place. He said police are planning on releasing more information later Thursday.

Police said that they believe a group of men riding in a black Range Rover Sport SUV pulled up alongside the Maserati around 4:20 a.m. and fired shots into the car, striking the driver and passenger, according to Officer Jose Hernandez of the Las Vegas Metropolitan police department.

The Maserati then swerved through an intersection, hitting at least four other cars. One car that was struck, a taxi with a driver and passenger in it, caught on fire and burst into flames, trapping both occupants, Hernandez said.

The SUV then fled the scene, according to cops.

The driver of the Maserati died from his gunshot wounds at University Medical Center shortly after the shooting, according to Sgt. John Sheahan.

The driver and passenger of the taxi both died in the car fire.

At least three individuals, including the passenger of the Maserati, were injured during the shooting and car crashes and are being treated at UMC hospital.

Police are scouring surveillance video from the area, including from the strip's major casinos, to try and identify the Range Rover and its occupants, according to police.

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Wednesday
Jan232013

Las Vegas Cop Shot Wife, Son in Head, Before Killing Himself

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Dept.(LAS VEGAS) -- A veteran Las Vegas cop apparently shot his ex-policewoman wife and their 5-year-old son in the head before he turned the gun on himself.

The Clark County Coroner's Office said Kathryn Michelle Walters, 46, and Maximilian Walters, 5, each died of a gunshot wound to the head in their Boulder City, Nev., home on Monday.

As police surrounded the home, Hans Walters, 52, an off-duty lieutenant with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, set fire to the house and then fatally shot himself, according to accounts from the coroner and the Henderson Police Department, which is leading the investigation.

Investigators are combing through Walters' background looking for clues as to what made the 20-year veteran of the police force snap.

His wife, who went by her middle name, Michelle, had been employed by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department as a patrol officer from January 1991 until August 2004, according a police spokesman.

The events unfolded Monday morning when Hans Walters called 911 to say he had killed his wife and son, according to a news release from the Henderson Police Department.

Walters, who was not identified by officials until late Tuesday, said he was "going to set his house on fire and harm any officer that came to the home," the news release said.

When Boulder City police arrived, they saw Walters standing in the doorway of the house, appearing to hold a handgun, according to Henderson police.

Walters was uncooperative, police said, and went back into the house, at which point he took his own life.

SWAT officers were called to the scene and entered the home, where they found the three bodies.

The Boulder City and Henderson fire departments were called to the scene to battle the blaze.

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Wednesday
Jan232013

Police Investigating Las Vegas Police Lt. Who Killed Family, Himself

Joseph Devenney/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) -- Investigators are probing the background of a Las Vegas police lieutenant who apparently killed his wife and son before setting his home on fire and taking his own life.

Police, firefighters and a SWAT team were called to a Boulder City, Nev., home on Monday. The home, which is about 20 miles from Las Vegas, is owned by Hans P. Walters, 52, according to records from the Clark County Assessor's Office.

The Henderson Police Department, along with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, confirmed the murder-suicide involved an off-duty, 52-year-old Las Vegas police lieutenant but did not release his name.

The events unfolded Monday morning when a man called 911 to say he had killed his wife and son, according to a news release from the Henderson Police Department, which is leading the investigation, since it has greater resources than Boulder City.

The caller said he was "going to set his house on fire and harm any officer that came to the home," the news release said.

When Boulder City police arrived, they saw a man standing in the doorway of the house, appearing to hold a handgun, according to Henderson police.

"The man refused to follow officers' commands and went back into the house.  It is likely he then killed himself," according to the release.

SWAT officers were called to the scene and entered the home, where they found a man, woman and child dead.

The Boulder City and Henderson fire departments were called to the scene to battle the blaze.

"It's sad," a neighbor who lived across the street from the family told ABC News, adding that he "didn't really know them."

When Sheriff Douglas Gillespie of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police confirmed the killings, fire and suicide on Monday in a brief news conference, he assured the families and friends of the victims, "We will stand by your side and move through this unspeakable grief and support you any way we can."

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