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Alleged Nightclub Murderer

ARRESTED

[Updated w/ Mug Shot]

1/17/2013 2:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0117_robert_thomas_mugshotThe person who allegedly shot and killed a man outside a Hollywood nightclub has been arrested ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Robert Earl Thomas III was hiding at a friend's house in Las Vegas when cops entered the premises last night and placed him under arrest for murder.  He surrendered without a struggle.

TMZ posted video of the shooter outside Empire nightclub when he aimed the gun and fired, killing one man and wounding another.  The video clearly shows the shooter and law enforcement tells us they got a number of tips from people who saw it and that led to Thomas' capture.

Thomas is 22 years old and lives in Los Angeles.

Thomas is currently being held in a Vegas jail and prosecutors plan to extradite him to California.

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151.

thestupid    

a black guy. very surprised here.

457 days ago
152.

maraih     

This needs to be taken off TMZ...no one needs to see this especially the end..it a shame this is even up here still http://www.change.org/petitions/tmz-remove-the-video-of-my-nephew-being-murdered?utm_campaign=new_signature&utm_medium=email&utm_source=signature_receipt#share

457 days ago
153.

AMERICA WAKE UP!     

HOW CAN THIS BE POSSIBLE IN A CILVILIZED WESTERN NATION .
AND A CAR DRIVING BY THE PERSON LYING ON THE GROUND !!!!


SHAME ON YOU !

457 days ago
154.

Amii    

I get that this makes good news but shame on TMZ! The family has requested the video be taken down. How would you like it if it was someone you loved and millions of people viewing it! There is a petition for anyone who would like to help put TMZ in their place! Have a heart!

457 days ago
155.

hehhaha shut up    

lol wow i guess he dont look like a sewer rat cus he sure did when he was pull n that trigger the only advice i can give you is squeeze your but tight cus u obviously cant fight so it looks like your gonna b someones prison bitxh

457 days ago
156.

DeyJestLikesDaRestOfUS    

Why people be sayin dat dey be different? Dey just be likes everyone elses! Everyone should be hapsy to be having dees type o peeps livin in der neighborhoods, or else dey racists! Obama gon make sure we be gettin our fair share from the man!

457 days ago
157.

rdub    

this piece of **** murdered my gf's cousin. jail is where he belong but should be dead now!

457 days ago
158.

Iris Myandowski    

C'MON TMZ THIS ISN'T CELEBRITY NEWS ! THIS IS THE MURDER ON TAPE OF SOMEONE'S BABY ! TURN IT OVER TO POLICE TAKE DOWN THE FRIGGIN VIDEO PLEASE !!!!!!!!!!!!!

457 days ago
159.

jazzywood    

Please remove the graphic video of the murder. its disturbing. If you agree http://www.change.org/petitions/tmz-remove-the-video-of-my-nephew-being-murdered?utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=url_share&utm_campaign=url_share_before_sign&alert_id=EATBoxaOxV_siUvdJNBFT

457 days ago
160.

jazzywood    

Please remove the graphic video of the murder. its disturbing. If you agree http://www.change.org/petitions/tmz-remove-the-video-of-my-nephew-being-murdered?utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=url_share&utm_campaign=url_share_before_sign&alert_id=EATBoxaOxV_siUvdJNBFT

457 days ago
161.

lisalewis    

What a coward. Cant fight with his fist like a real man because he's get his ass kicked. One more loser off of the streets.

456 days ago
162.

Kowny Krush    

If TMZ hadn't identified the city as Los Angeles, I would've thought it was Baton Rouge.

456 days ago
163.

Take It Down    

I was alerted to this video by the victim's Uncle, whom I do not know, but has started a petition at Change.org to pull this video down. So I came here to see it for myself before deciding whether or not I would add my name to the call. Yes I will. This is not responsible journalism, albeit very important evidence for the prosecution, only the police need to see this and the family if they want to. The rest of us don't need to see this, and would not want to subject the family to any more pain and heartache than they are already going through. It is simply not appropriate to further victimize the victim in this way. Would you have published a shot of Adam Lanza inside the class room and Sandy Hook if you could get it? Do youy think someone who is a little unstable mentally might see this and try and copycat this event to get their 15 minutes of fame on TMZ? Please show some respect, to the victim's family and remove it immediately. Others reading this, please add your name to mine and hopefully thousands of others on the petition to get this removed. I am not connected with this event or this family in any way, shape or form, but I do know this. This victim is shown on the ground at his moment of death and he's a kid. What must his mother and father be feeling knowing this out there for all the world to see? Join me in SIGNING this PETITION to bring TMZ to their senses.

456 days ago
164.

YliennasMomma    

Bull****. Police got leads from witnesses at the scene and videos other took that were turned into police. Not posted for profit. Shame on you TMZ. Not only have you posted video of a murder, ignored the pleas from the family to have the video removed, but now you're twisting facts to try to justify you're actions. EVEN IF this were the truth, even if you helped capture him WHICH YOU DID THE **** NOT he's been caught you can remove the video now. Except the video being posted has nothing to do with justice. Just web hits and money. Shame.

456 days ago
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YliennasMomma    

Excuse my typos. Heated typing.

456 days ago
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