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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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46.

HoTMZ    

This guy had nothing to do with Ronnie Chase. The shady Beverly Hills police tracked down a guy who was a burglar, shot him in the head and are using his mean looking mug to say he deserved it because I don't believe he committed suicide just because cops came to his apartment, that's not a normal reaction. In the meantime this detour has achieved to detract from the story which they want to cover up for some reason. Poor guy, cops are scary.

1326 days ago
47.

Eng    

Weird quote from the brother in NYT today:

“This guy was a deranged person who just made that up; no way he was involved,” Mr. Cohen said. “I still think this was most likely a case of road rage.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/05/us/05publicist.html

"no way he was involved" - why the certainty? And why would he be speculating about what was "most likely"? This is the shooting of his sister he's talking about for f***'s sake, and he's playing amateur cop?

1326 days ago
48.

Y do he got    

Governator`s kichen cabinet bad cops did the hit..GAG order was sent to all hollywood insiders..hughes`s son cover up with even jean peters in the FOX loop untill cooked by wireless warfare`s.Lummis dirty texas mofia kichen cabinets back to reagan and bush heiburtion texas instruments take over kill off of the hughes`s including his son scott harrold ake harold name double busted stop.try again.stop.next time.stop 50 years stop.Satellites.stop^^^ george beatle stop.kichen cabinet stop.

1326 days ago
49.

papprorattist    

DOUBLE GAG oder..via governator`s currupt LA~PD murder team hit..classical kichen cabinets back to reagan george beatle hits.She was the last link with knowledges of howard hughes`s jean peters child scott harrold ake harold name doubled water muddle up fort the coverup take over and kill off of the hughes`s.Including his own mother jean FOX STUDIOS peters to CBS TIME treasonal act of leaked GLOMAR.Take over force out by hughes`s shadow group war contractor TEXAS INSTRUMENTS ake CBS FOX sears Kmart.Harold smith was killed by a cop..team hit crew cleaning house for the rightwing SS.THINK 10,000 hidden nazis after WWII mason broadcasters rightwingers inside owning governators reagan up to presidents reagan bush chenny heiburtion.Signal cor^^^ currupted by masons war satellites used to kill richard harrold jean peters howard hughes JR and ronni was the last of the last insiders coverup was leaking via wiki leaks WHOLE HOLLYWOOD INDUSTRY GAG order sent with ronni`s murder and resent with HAROLD`s murder by LA`PD bad currupt rightwing governators hit teams SOP chenny bush cleaning up cover up.THINK 10,000 nazis hidden even by the hollywood jews for thier techs and warfares used by the right wing to kill the leftwing and hughes`s anti-AEC actists.Street thug dead message sent and resent SHUT UP or DOA as scott harold`s 60`s fave band in 60`s DOA get off my back underground BLOODLY ROCK`s CBS hated and thus scott harrold backed DOA still scott harrold runs the industry inside left VS right left hidden right killing off left still nazis hidding in mob inside white wringers VS anti-nazis leftwing prorights and anti BOX car anti nukes MADDS.War sells hollywood kills and left wingers hide like howard hughes`s jr my father born in the age of the spys^^^ cold war cuba russia missle stand off turned nuclear WWIII STARFISH prime near space high theater WAR which took downt70%^^^ of all satelites daddy war bucks hughes`s cook the clown crotchy lead pants hughes`s

1326 days ago
50.

my opinion    

I believed from the beginning this guy had nothing to do with Ronnie's murder.

The killer is still roaming the streets hopefully the true killer is caught.

RIP Ronnie

1326 days ago
51.

Curious in Brooklyn    

How quickly LAPD found Ronnie Chasen's murderer however, they don't know who killed Christopher Wallace aka Nortorious BIG around the same vicinity in 1997.

1322 days ago
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