Suspect in Ronni Chasen Murder is Dead
hollywoodnews.com: Last Wednesday night, in a rundown apartment house, the mystery of Ronni Chasen’s murder deepened when a man police say they believe was connected to the publicist’s killing shot himself around 5:30 p.m., as officers got ready to serve a search warrant.
The news, first reported in The Los Angeles Times, set off a media frenzy with numerous television crews crowding around the yellow police tape that had been put up near the Harvey Apartments on Santa Monica Boulevard.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the man’s exact connection to the slaying was not immediately clear, but the sources said detectives believe he was involved in the killing of Chasen, who was found shot multiple times in her Mercedes coupe on a Beverly Hills street.
In addition, the Los Angeles Times reported that the man had told another resident that he was a former convict, who had served time in a state prison. Brandon Harrison, a neighbor, said he knew the man went by the name of Harold and had lived in the Harvey Apartments for three months. But that he had been evicted after the first month for failing to pay rent. According to the neighbor, Harold returned to the building several times, asking if police were looking for him. “He told me several times, ‘If it ever came back down to me going to prison, I would die first,'” Harrison recalled, according to the Los Angeles Times, which also quoted Harrison as saying that Harold had presented himself as a former convict who had served two sentences in state prison – the most recent for firearms and drug convictions. Harrison also said that Harold had talked about coming into money – that he was about to get $10,000, alternatively claiming it was for a job he had done or from a lawsuit. The paper pointed out that Harrison had said he couldn’t corroborate any of those claims. “I don’t even know, if he ever was in prison, or if anything he told me was true,” Harrison said. “The man was very strange.”
Chasen was shot to death last month while driving her Mercedes-Benz near the intersection of Whittier Drive and Sunset Boulevard in Beverly Hills. She was on her way home from a movie premiere after-party.
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