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Chasen Murder -- 'Robbery Gone Bad'

12/8/2010 8:10 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The Beverly Hills PD now says it believes Ronni Chasen's murder was a random act of violence -- a robbery gone bad -- committed by a man on a bicycle.

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According to the police the gun that Harold Smith used to kill himself last week was the very same gun used to murder Chasen.

Police say they believe Smith acted alone and it was in no way connected with road rage -- an operating theory last week.

Police say they are 60 to 70 % done with the investigation, but they have to complete additional interviews.

The big break in the case was a tip through "America's Most Wanted" -- after Smith began bragging to neighbors that he shot Chasen and got $10,000 for it.

Law enforcement sources tell us they do not believe Smith was working on behalf of anyone nor do they believe he was paid. We're told he did collect money, but it was from a lawsuit.

The "AMW" tipster -- who wants to remain anonymous -- stands to collect a $125,000 reward.


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go home!    

There are all kinds of holes in this theory. I dont think i twas a robbery gone bad. None of it makes sense. How can a guy on a bike overpower someone in a car? Allshe would have to do is take off if she was stopped at a light and he held a gun to her window. Plus, he bragged that he was paid $10,000 to kill her. If it was a robbery gone bad and he didnt get anything out of it, he would have kept his mouth shut. Someone is covering up or dropping the ball. Justice for Ronni!

1417 days ago
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Jennyy    

Sorry but this doesn't sound right- they are just looking to close the case. Several times now they have said the gun was not a match. A guy on a bike doesn't try to hold up the driver of a moving vehicle.

1417 days ago
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SUN    

Lets see... no money/credit cards taken- yet he blasts her 5-times in chest to REALLY alert neighbors for nothing, and the bullets used on her and his bullets from hiw gun did not match...hmmmm Maybe pin it on this guy, so this way the ultra-rich do not go gonzo in Beverly Hills, and since he is DEAD- who will ever question this.

1417 days ago
4.

tomas    

if the tipster doesn't give the reward to charity, total douche.

1417 days ago
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susan    

luvs the reporter who asked' so, instead of grabbing her purse, he searched around on the ground and recovered all the shell casings'

1417 days ago
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Caroline    

I've never been much of a conspiracy theorist but this just doesn't play right.

1417 days ago
7.

addy    

This guy must be the Steven Seagal of sharpshooting -- picture it -- a guy, riding his bike down the road unloads grouped shots from a revolver to a person behind the wheel of a moving vehicle.

This is the stuff movies are made of.

1417 days ago
8.

Lawrence    

It's Mario Van Peebles

1417 days ago
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Laxer    

Come on, TMZ.....stay on this case. Harvey needs to put down his drink, dust off his legal expertise and solve this mess.

1417 days ago
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Sad sad    

One has to assume they have a lot of information that was given by the tipster as to why they think this way. Funny the brother was very certain it was not him. Can one shoot a gun inside a bag or something similar and the casing be left inside? It's possible they have footage of a bicyclist have to keep that in mind since they won't give further details. I don't understand the money he said he was to receive and why would he admit to killing her but then that information be false unless that information to the public was erroneous?

1417 days ago
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Tammy    

They are straight up lying and not even trying to do a good job covering it up. Robbers don't leave purses and take shell casing!!

1417 days ago
12.

BW    

OH COME ON, THE BEVERLY HILLS POLICE SOUND SO UNSURE ABOUT THIS PATHETIC NEWS CONFERENCE TODAY AND THEN TO MAKE MATTERS WORSE THAT DUMBASS MAYOR OPENED HIS MOUTH AND SOUNDED LIKE A COMPLETE MORON UNCAPABLE OF BEING A CREDIABLE MAYOR. THE MAYOR SOUNDED LIKE AN IDIOT AND ALSO LOOKED LIKE HE WANTED TO GET HIS FACE IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA'S FOR SOME T.V. TIME. THE WHOLE CONFERENCE LOOKED SO UNPROFESSIONAL IT'S WAS VERY CLOSE TO MAKING THE B.H.P.D. LOOK LIKE A 3 RING CICUS ACT. A BUNCH OF BUMBLING FOOLS IS EXACTLY WHAT IT WAS. SHAME ON THE B.H.P.D. TO LOOK SO BAD TO THE WORLD. UNBELIEVEABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1417 days ago
13.

Kaaka    

Something doesn't add up ,On the news when they interview the people that knew him and live in the building.. they said " He keep saying he was about to get a big sum of money and that he killed that woman"

If i didn't know any better i feel like im watching the movie ~Mulholland drive part 2~ where nothing makes sense.

1417 days ago
14.

ENOUGH!    

...and if you believe this, I got a beautiful parcel of beach-front property in Arizona I'd like to sell ya...

1417 days ago
15.

Bull    

Please! It was a hit, family related!

1417 days ago
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