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January 21, 2018

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Range Rover passenger located out of state


Las Vegas Metro Police Department

Metro Police say they’ve located Tineesha Lashun Howard, aka Yenesis “Yeni” Alfonzo, left, their “person of interest” in the Feb. 21, 2013, shooting on the Strip. Howard is pictured with Ammar Harris, 26, who has been charged in a warrant with three counts of murder associated with the shooting. Harris remains at large.

Updated Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 | 11:27 a.m.

The person of interest in last week’s shooting on the Strip sought by detectives was located Wednesday night out of Nevada, Metro Police said.

Police didn’t specify where Tineesha Lashun Howard – who also goes by Yenesis Alfonzo – was found but did say she was located about 8:30 p.m.

It was unclear if after the shooting Howard had remained in contact with Ammar Harris, 26, who police said fired gunshots from a Range Rover into a Maserati in the early morning hours of Feb. 21 as the vehicles made their way up the Las Vegas Strip. But Howard confirmed to police she was in the Range Rover when the shooting took place, police said.

Laura Meltzer, a Metro spokeswoman, said Howard was not taken in custody.

Other than Harris and Howard, there were two other people in the Range Rover at the time of the shooting, Metro Police Capt. Chris Jones said.

Both of the other passengers were females and have been interviewed by detectives, Jones said.

Jones declined to give details about their statements because of the ongoing investigation but said all three women were “cooperative” and not considered suspects.

All of the persons of interest Metro Police were seeking have been identified and interviewed.

Kenneth Cherry Jr., the driver of the Maserati, and a passenger, were hit in the shooting. Cherry’s wounds caused him to lose control of the car, which ran a red light at Flamingo Road and then crashed into a taxi.

The impact triggered an explosion in the cab. In all, three people wound up dead: Cherry; cab driver, Michael Boldon, 62, Las Vegas; and cab passenger Sandra Sutton-Wasmund, 48, a businesswoman from Maple Valley, Wash.

Police found the Range Rover two days later parked at the gated Las Vegas apartment complex where Harris lived, but there was no sign of Harris.

A warrant charging Harris with three counts of murder was issued Friday.

The shooting remains under investigation. Police urge anyone with information about the incident to contact Metro Police Homicide at 828-3521 or to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 385-5555.

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