"America's Most Wanted" claims credit in arrest of suspected killer

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The host of the "America's Most Wanted" insisted Thursday that a tip from the TV program led to the arrest of the suspected killer of Hollywood's top publicist Ronnie Chasen, a claim the Beverly Hills police (BHPD) has refused to confirm.

"I believe they (the police) responded to a tip that we had passed on," John Walsh told the Los Angeles Times. "BHPD reached out to us."

Without giving specific details about the tip, he said investigators acted quickly on the information, according to the paper. A segment on the Chasen slaying entitled "Unknown Ronnie Chasen Killer" was run Nov. 20 on the "America's Most Wanted."

Chasen was shot on Nov. 16, when the publicist was on her way home from a party after the premiere of the musical film "Burlesque". She was shot five times in the chest at close range, and pronounced dead a short time later at a hospital.

A suspect who was allegedly involved in Chasen's slaying, committed suicide shortly after 6 p.m. Wednesday in a Hollywood apartment building, where the BHPD were serving a search warrant.

He was described as a tall, thin black man in his 30s or 40s who was also a bicycle lover. Police investigating the case collected a bicycle from the dead man's apartment as evidence.

"America's Most Wanted," one of 20th Century Fox's longest-running program ever, aims at profiling and assisting law enforcement in the apprehension of fugitives wanted for various crimes. As of Nov. 20, 1,136 people have been captured because of the program.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:张茜)

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