Police no longer want to talk to Tineesha Howard, aka Yenesis Alfonso
She was inside a black Range Rover at the time shots were fired, they say
The fatal shooting and crash left three people dead
Police said Tuesday they are looking for a woman in connection to a fatal shooting and crash on the Las Vegas Strip that left three people dead.
“Yenesis Alfonso, also known as Tineesha Howard, is no longer considered to be a missing person and is no longer a person of interest” in the homicide investigation, Las Vegas police said in a statement late Wednesday.
The 22-year-old was never named as a suspect, but detectives wanted to talk to her in connection with the case. The police statement says the investigation is ongoing.
Police didn’t say why she was no longer considered a person of interest.
Police had previously identified Ammar Asim Faruq Harris, 26, as a suspect in the shooting. He is at large, though a black Range Rover police say he was driving early Thursday morning has been impounded.
Police consider Harris to be armed and dangerous and say he has an extensive criminal history, CNN affiliate KLAS reported. He has several tattoos, including a small heart -shaped one below his right eye and a large one of an owl that covers his neck and part of his chest.
A woman who said she is Howard’s mother told CNN that her daughter and Harris have been girlfriend and boyfriend for about a year.
Miladys Garcia said she recognized Harris from an image that police issued but that she knew him by a different name. Garcia said she hasn’t been in contact with her daughter since the shooting.
In the shooting and crash, Kenneth Cherry, an aspiring rapper known as Kenny Clutch, was driving his Maserati around 4:20 a.m. Thursday when someone in a Range Rover shot at his car as it headed north on Las Vegas Boulevard. Cherry, who was shot in the chest and arm, later died at a hospital.
The Maserati continued into the intersection with Flamingo Road and collided with a taxi, which caught fire, killing cab driver Michael Boldon, CNN affiliate KVVU said.
A passenger in the taxi – identified by the Clark County coroner’s office as Sandra Sutton-Wasmund, 48, of Maple Valley, Washington – also died. Her death and the deaths of Boldon and Cherry have been ruled homicides, according to the coroner’s office.
The fire closed a block and a half of the Strip near some of its biggest draws: Caesars Palace, the Bellagio, Bally’s and the Flamingo. Police collected surveillance video from the casinos.
CNN’s Greg Botelho contributed to this report.