Report: Harris Has History of Beating Women for Respect - 8 News NOW

Report: Harris Has History of Beating Women for Respect

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LAS VEGAS -- 8 News NOW has uncovered documents where Ammar Harris, arrested Thursday on three murder charges, has admitted to killing others and beating women into prostitution.

Harris, 26, was arrested in Los Angeles and is expected to be extradited to Las Vegas to face the murder charges and others related to the early morning shooting and crash on the Las Vegas Strip Feb. 21 that killed three people.

Metro Police accuse Harris of firing the gun that killed Kenneth Cherry Jr., whose car then crashed into a taxi cab, causing it to explode and killing the passenger, Sandra Sutton-Wasmund, and driver, Michael Boldon.

Inside the document, a woman said Harris admitted to being a pimp and beating women to gain respect.

More than that, the document goes into depth, revealing terrifying elements of Harris' pimping lifestyle.

In a YouTube video, Harris openly brags about a lavish lifestyle, possibly the result of pimping on the Las Vegas Strip.

The document stems from a former sexual assault case in 2010. In it, a woman claims Harris beat and raped her.

After his 2010 arrest, the woman told police Harris "has a history of strangling girls to the point that they almost pass out."

She said he "choked one of his girls and pushed her into the fridge."

She also told police he "has killed people before" and "chokes girls to get respect."

Metro Police Lt. Karen Hughes said the department has seen an uptick in the number of pimps abusing women in the past few years.

"The subculture, in general, is very violent," she said.

Hughes said prostitution is happening anywhere there's money and sex to be had, especially Strip hotel rooms and clubs.

Now officers are seeing more problems between pimps, who are fighting over women and the money they make.

"When respectability amongst pimps is not followed, that violence is typically the way they show their loyalty," she said.

Although investigators said they would like to see the problem go away, they're realistic and said it is going to take a community to recognize the signs of sex trafficking.

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