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Cab companies offer $35,000 reward for suspect’s arrest


Richard N. Velotta

Cab drivers from Desert Cab tally their trip sheets Friday afternoon after coming in from their 12-hour shifts. Day shift drivers shown here were the closest colleagues to driver Michael Boldon, whose image appears on the video monitor on the wall.

Updated Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 | 4:08 p.m.

A group of taxi companies has banded together to offer a $35,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Ammar Harris, the man wanted in connection with last week’s shooting on the Las Vegas Strip that caused a wreck that killed a Desert Cab driver and his fare.

The Feb. 21 Violent Crimes Reward Trust Fund is offering the reward in the early Thursday shooting that targeted aspiring rapper Kenneth Cherry while he was driving his Maserati on Las Vegas Boulevard. After Cherry was shot, his car ran a red light at Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Road, where it struck a cab. The impact caused an explosion that killed the cab driver, Michael Boldon, 62, Las Vegas, and a passenger, and a passenger, 48-year-old Sandra Sutton-Wasmund from Maple Valley, Wash.

The reward was announced Tuesday afternoon in a news conference outside Metro Police headquarters.

“We are hoping a cash reward of $35,000 will bring forward critical information of Ammar Harris’ whereabouts,” said Brent Bell, president and chief executive officer at Whittlsea Bell Transportation. “We are desperate to see this criminal prosecuted. We lost one of our own in cab driver Michael Boldon and no less tragic, we lost the passenger and tourist from the state of Washington.”

An arrest warrant for Harris, 26, charging him with three counts of murder has been issued. Harris, who also goes by the name Ammar Asim Faruq Harris, is described as a 5-foot-11, 180-pound black man with brown hair, brown eyes and several distinct tattoos, including a heart-shaped one below his right eye and a large owl on his neck.

Anyone with information about Harris’ whereabouts is asked to call the Metro Police homicide division at (702) 828-3521 or Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555.

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