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Chasen Murder 'Person of Interest' Threatened to Kill

12/3/2010 6:35 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has obtained a mug shot of Harold Martin Smith -- the "person of interest" in the Ronni Chasen murder case -- and we've learned he had an open criminal case where the victim alleged Smith threatened to kill her husband.

Ronni Chasen and Harold Martin Smith
Smith -- seen here in a 2009 mug shot taken in connection with an Oregon case -- was arrested by the Manhattan Beach Police Department, also in 2009, for prowling and marijuana possession. Smith pled guilty and served 30 days in jail -- but was a no-show for a related court hearing, so an arrest warrant was issued.

The victim tells TMZ Smith was going house to house in Manhattan Beach trying to break in, and she saw him enter her backyard and then try to enter her house through the back door. The victim says her husband confronted him and he angrily responded, "I'm going to kill you."  The couple called the cops and Smith was arrested.

As we first reported ... although Smith is a "person of interest" in the Chasen murder, detectives believe he may not have been involved, and shot himself because he believed he was going to be arrested and sent back to prison for several burglaries in his neighborhood.


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Me too. West hollywood? prior stint in prison? I pictured a ragged white unshaven meth head in a wife beater. Guess not. He's probably still a wife beater though.

1398 days ago


This case is dirty, dirty, dirty,
will be very suprised if it's ever solved.

1398 days ago


This is some bull****, the day this guy shot himself, they posted a pic. The person of interest was a white male with curly hair. His stood about 5 foot 7 and weighed about 200 lbs. This is the type of game the media plays, but I know what the **** I saw. I repeat it was not a black male that did this ****. The person of interest was a white male with curly blonde hair, short and stubby looking...

1398 days ago

g reed    

This just goes to prove if you jokingly claim to have bumped someone off, you could get arrested by the police without any actual evidence. This man was clearly mentally ill. He killed himself because he was a schizophrenic and didn't want to go back to jail. He's probably had some nasty experiences in prison. For some, death is better than going back to jail.

1398 days ago

Minny Moose    

He was a nutter, not a professional hitman. Ronni Chasen's murder was clean and precise. This guy would have been in jail within 2 minutes of stepping into Beverly Hills. The neighbors would have called the police just from his skin color.

1398 days ago

Sad sad    


Ronni Chasen's Home Burglarized

1398 days ago

Sad sad    

"Chasen's brother Lawrence Cohen is petitioning to become the special executor of her will. He says that he has a key to Chasen's safety deposit box, which contains a new will filed in 2006. "

I'm sorry my eyes can't get off him.

1398 days ago

Tina P.    

He (person of interest) gave himself the Death Penalty due to California's HELLISH Prison System:

1398 days ago

Jake Ross    

I totally agree with Sad sad, Larry is beyond guilty, and us private ****s, well, we just know it------

1398 days ago


Common crooks are not usually killers, much less blast her with 5-shots to the chest. maybe soemone followed her ome from that swank party and killed her. Usually after the third time of jail, it doesnt make much difference to inmates, its home-away-from home. Something sounds very fishy about this story. I thought it was reported that not everything was stolem, so this wouldnt make snese, and also that she was blasted from passengers side- so maybe she had given someone a ride, or knew the person and stopped to tslk in s car next to hers, like someone from party. I think beverly hilld police, do not want to upset the millionaires, and had to pin this on someone, but logically it doesnt make sense.

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1398 days ago

Sad sad    

The town car might not have anything to do with the crime itself except it didn't stop. So if they were just passing by they might have saw something but didn't want to get involved or was in a hurry. But then again who knows maybe they drove around the block to check up on their damage.

1397 days ago

Sad sad    

More people picking up on the brothers weirdness.

1397 days ago


Surprise surprise surprise...

1397 days ago

paul canell    

The politically correct media's refusal to publish the suspect's photo only confirms to the reader that he's NOT Asian, Caucasian nor Latino. When will they realize this does a disservice to the African American community? Only TMZ has the courage to post all photos anytime anywhere. KUDOS to TMZ.

1397 days ago
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