'Associate' of boxer arrested


A man police described as a "known associate" of boxing champ Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been arrested as a suspect in an August shooting outside a southeast valley roller rink, Las Vegas police said Monday.

Ocie Harris, 27, was arrested last week in Chicago by federal agents and extradited to Las Vegas on Saturday, police said. He posted bail Sunday and was released from the Clark County Detention Center before police could interview him.

Harris is charged with attempted murder with a deadly weapon and assault with a deadly weapon. Las Vegas police Lt. George Castro said detectives were not notified of Harris' extradition until after he had posted bail. Police did not disclose the bail amount for Harris or who posted the bail.

Although one man targeted in the shooting told police that the suspect worked as a bodyguard for Mayweather, the boxer did not acknowledge a relationship to Harris.

Mayweather has not been named as a suspect.

The boxer told police he was at the skating rink the night of the shooting but "didn't know an Ocie and was unaware of any shooting," according to an updated arrest warrant for Harris that police released Monday.

But when police searched Mayweather's Southern Highlands home, they recovered surveillance footage from Mayweather's security gate that showed Harris at the residence on four separate occasions before the shooting, the warrant said.

A representative for Mayweather did not answer calls seeking comment Monday.

The shooting occurred about 10 p.m. on Aug. 23 outside the Crystal Palace Skating Center on Boulder Highway, north of Flamingo Road.

Two men in a vehicle, Quincey Williams, 25, and Damein Bland, 36, reported being shot at while leaving the parking lot after an encounter with Mayweather. No one was injured in the shooting.

The night of the shooting, police found seven cartridge casings at the scene, the warrant said. Police have interviewed 32 witnesses in the case. Some told police they saw Mayweather threaten Williams inside the roller rink. Others said they saw Harris standing next to Mayweather's car as he fired gunshots at the victims, the report said.

"While most of the witnesses did not observe all the events that led to the shooting, they all collectively told a story which was consistent with that of both victims," the report said.

According to the report, Williams and Bland were at the skating rink when they were confronted by Mayweather, who was upset about a text message Williams had sent him two months earlier. In the text message, Williams said he hoped that the undefeated Mayweather would lose.

Mayweather told Williams, "Do you know who I am? I could have you trumped," the report said.

Williams said he believes Mayweather was threatening his life.

"He's got enough money to get me hit," he told the Review-Journal two days after the shooting.

As Williams and Bland were leaving the parking lot in Bland's vehicle, they observed the boxer and several bodyguards standing next to Mayweather's Rolls-Royce, the report said.

One of the bodyguards, known to the victims as "O.C." and later identified by police as Harris, pulled an object from "his groin area" as Bland drove past, according to the arrest report.

Bland told police that he heard bullets strike the vehicle and that he looked back and saw Harris holding a firearm, police documents said.

Williams said he and Bland fled the scene. They later discovered six bullet holes in Bland's BMW 650.

Harris' arrest does not ease his fears of retaliation, Williams said.

"Anybody can get arrested," Williams said Monday. "I want to see what happens, you know, what type of justice will be served."

A federal complaint against Harris was filed in January, which said Harris engaged in "unlawful flight to avoid prosecution."

Harris is scheduled to appear in court today for a warrant hearing, and a judge could revoke his bail, Castro said. Despite Harris being a potential flight risk, Castro said that every person has a right to bail.

"Metro has done its job. We identified the suspect, got the warrant, and brought him back here," he said. "Now it's on the DA's (district attorney's) office."

Mayweather, 33, is a six-time world champion in multiple weight classes. He has a May 1 fight scheduled against Shane Mosley at the MGM Grand Garden arena.

Staff writers Brian Haynes and Antonio Planas contributed to this report. Contact reporter Mike Blasky at mblasky@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0283.

 

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