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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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Billie Johnson    

Is Rachel for real? She can't speak English. I just don't get it is she there for the embrassment effect.
Love the Show

454 days ago
32.

mark    

all these people gathered in the video look like they're ghetto skanks and violent ghetto hoods; immature, vulgar, intensely stupid people who get psyched up by and infatuated with violent occurences. when i was in grade school, and in early high school i behaved like that too. these people are all older. these incredibly stupid, violence-loving nitwits are your future america! jesus! the education system is a total failure in certain areas. well-done hip hop culture!

454 days ago
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AnonaMs    

Dang I didn't get to see the vid

454 days ago
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DON4772    

Good they got sailboat guy. Great piece of police work-LOL What an idiot - right on camera -Now send a---hole away for life.

454 days ago
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Toilethead    

"Thomas is 21 years old and lives in Los Angeles." And he'll spend most of the rest of his life in Prison. What a waste.

454 days ago
36.

Bob    

TMZ you are crap. So much focus on the killer and not even the name of the victim? Yet, you have no problem showing his dead body on video.
Sick. Your show is going down the drain.

454 days ago
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N/A    

RTIII

454 days ago
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spokenword    

People are too chickens--- to throw hands anymore. Well, he's gonna learn how to fight without a gun now.

454 days ago
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texas resident    

i have a freind who was involved in a shooting in texas in august and alot of people got shot and everybody swore he was going to prison forever and now hes out and free... i leaerned to wait for all the facts to come out now days,thers two sides to every story

454 days ago
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SoCalHD    

I bet he shot the guy because he was making fun of that stupid ass shirt he's wearing. May he rot in prison now. I really do hope this gives the victims family some kind of peace.

454 days ago
41.

Dave    

Bad Boyz, Bad Boyz, whatcha gonna do when they come for you....

454 days ago
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DaveT    

Glad they caught him but now we get to listen to Piers Morgan rant and rant and rant and rant and rant about guns

454 days ago
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kitnplayn    

Rot in jail and then Rot in hell. Human garbage. Another inhumane, unemotional, arrogant piece of American chit.

454 days ago
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The New Improved Sock Puppet    

He should be jailed simply for letting someone give him lady brows.

454 days ago
45.

Pepsiguy    

What a coward, did not have the balls to fight the guy with his hands so he has to shoot him. THAT IS A COWARD!!!!!

454 days ago
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