02/28/2013 05:10 pm ET

Ammar Harris Arrested: Las Vegas Strip Killings Suspect Collared In Los Angeles

(Reuters) - A man accused in the fatal shooting of an aspiring rapper killed as he drove his Maserati on the Las Vegas Strip last week has been arrested in the Los Angeles area, Las Vegas print and television media reported on Thursday.

Kenneth Wayne Cherry, 27, was fatally wounded in the shooting, and his silver Maserati veered into a taxicab, killing the driver and his passenger when it exploded into flames.

Spokesmen for the Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles County Sheriff said they had no immediate information on an arrest in the high-profile case. A Las Vegas police spokeswoman could not immediately confirm the arrest.

Ammar Harris, 26, has been the subject of a multistate manhunt since the incident, and police say he has a long criminal history that includes arrests for robbery, sexual assault, kidnapping and soliciting prostitution.

Authorities say the dramatic shooting in a busy intersection of the desert resort city may have stemmed from a verbal altercation in the valet area of the Aria Resort and Casino a few blocks away on the Strip.

The incident took place less than a mile from where rapper Tupac Shakur was fatally shot in September 1996 while riding in a BMW with Death Row Records co-founder Marion "Suge" Knight after the two men had attended a Mike Tyson boxing match.

Shakur, 25, was hit by gunfire from at least one assailant in a Cadillac while sitting in Knight's car at the intersection of Flamingo Road and Koval Lane and died six days later at a hospital. His murder remains unsolved.

(Reporting by Dan Whitcomb in Los Angeles; editing by Cynthia Johnston and Matthew Lewis)



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