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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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my opinion    

CORRECTION: STUPID

1352 days ago
47.

SSinOC    

Hit for sure. The cops have probably been paid off to make it look like some random killing by the Smith guy. Did Smith really kill himself? They sound like they are scrambling because the America's Most Wanted forced them to come up with a story of why he's involved and shot himself yet it's not a hit. Rrrright?

1352 days ago
48.

Bean Freak    

Here's another twist in the story. It appears that Harold Smith was an ensign on the starship Enterprise. He hacked into their system, beamed himself from his crack alley to a well-traveled block in Beverly Hills, committed the murder (he forgot to take the purse - doh!), then beamed back to the crack alley. And everyone was none-the-wiser. or so he thought!
His bio-signature should be in the Enterprise's database. That'll put him at the scene of the crime. It's the most logical answer.

1352 days ago
49.

Look!    

Oh brother..(eyes rolling) this worse than a baaad soap opera. So the story switched this much? I think these cops are 'wanna be' soap writers.

1352 days ago
50.

intuition    

some times I have flashes of intuition. the day after she was shot what came to mind was
vagrant and tuxedo.

I had to look up the word vagrant. It's not a word I use. it did surprise me when this guy was brought forth as the possible shooter. yet, I don't feel like it was him. I feel like it was a hit. the shooter was in the bushes. they should reinact from the video they have of her car driving down the street. count the seconds like the guy mentions, it was 25 seconds later he heard her car crash. and draw a line to the bushes. if the cops are saying it's the same gun, it's either, the same gun. such a high up hit that it was covered up. or they know they will never find the killer and got a patsy.

1352 days ago
51.

Katie12    

This doesn't make sense. He was on a bike and she was in a car. She could speed away from a bike.I don't buy it.

1352 days ago
52.

Dennis    

Well, it seems unanimous...a cover-up. I believe that Law enforcement may have other motives here. Possibly to draw the guily party or parties out by lulling them into a feeling that they are "in the clear." Who knows, right? I agree though, it simply doesn't add up. The number one issue here is how horrible a tragedy this is. A human being has been senselessly murdered. Period.

1352 days ago
53.

Been There Done That    

I bet I know who the tipster was. It was the person who went around telling any media outlet who would listen that this guy was bragging about murdering Chasen and claiming to be getting $10,000. Her story kept changing, first she said the guy told her husband that information, but then when the media as the husband and he didn't know what they were talking about, she claimed this guy told her directly.
I bet the BHPD will be getting a cut of that $125,000. They'll be happy, then they can spend the rest of their careers dealing with misdemeanors rather than a professional hit.

1352 days ago
54.

hoohaa    

And the cover-up continues. Sorry, but Chasen's murder will never be solved. Too many people with influence over the cops will make sure this is pinned on a dead guy with a drug problem.

Corruption doesn't just happen in countries like mexico.

1352 days ago
55.

Truth    

SOUNDS TOO CONVENIENT. HOW DO YOU GO FROM STEALING PETTY THEFT CRAP TO OUTRIGHT PINPOINT HITMAN ACCURACY WHILST RIDING A BYCICLE SHOOTING AT A MOVING CAR??? YEAH RIGHT. SOMEONE ELSE IS RESPONSIBLE. SMITH WAS THE EXPENDABLE MULE. KEYSTONE COPS IS CORRECT.

1352 days ago
56.

Tina    

Are the police that stupid or does the police think that the public is stupid enough to believe their theory? It wouldn't shock me if we found out someone is paying the police off. It sounds like a bad 'Lifetime Channel' movie plot written by an 11 year old.

1352 days ago
57.

gigi    

I think this dude was the fall guy. It doesn't add up! Someone could have given him that gun.

1352 days ago
58.

Moonbeam    

The only way this scenario makes sense to me is if he became frightened when she wouldn't roll her car window down when he pointed a gun at her and shot her so she wouldn't be able pull away and call the police to report the attempted robbery. If he was on a bike, he would not be able to get safely out of the area before the police would search him out in response to her call, especially as a black man so late at night in such a white neighborhood. Even if he had thrown the gun away, she would still be a credible, prestigious, and hence influential witness, and police would probably have made the effort for her to search the area thoroughly to find the gun. And she would probably have been able to identify him by his previous mug shot even if he did get out of the neighborhood before being caught. But it's still a mystery why he would brag about it, unless he was just so mentally unbalanced that he wanted some fame and attention from his neighbors and figured he could always deny it later as empty bragging.

1352 days ago
59.

Rob    

I am shocked at this level or lack thereof professionalism of this video. Do you have to read each word? Don't think that's natural. I'm not buying this nor should anyone else.

1352 days ago
60.

ddddddaol.com    

But it's still a mystery why he would brag about it, unless he was just so mentally unbalanced that he wanted some fame and attention from his neighbors and figured he could always deny it later as empty bragging.

Posted at 7:39 PM on Dec 8, 2010 by Moonbeam
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Maybe he didn't say anything at all. The person who called in the tip claimed he did. And there's been only one person talking to the media who's ever claimed he said it. For all we know, they could be lying, and were only motivated by the big reward America's Most Wanted was offering.

The police don't care, they get to close the case, and the finger pointer gets a nice 6 figure pay out for making a false accusation.

Ain't that the American dream?!

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