Police: Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen was victim of random robbery
December 8th, 2010
06:19 PM ET

Police: Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen was victim of random robbery

Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen was the random victim of a robbery by Harold Martin Smith, who committed suicide when confronted by police
days later, Beverly Hills Detective Sgt. Mike Publicker said Wednesday.

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  1. Mary Contrary

    Oh dear. Random, huh?

    December 8, 2010 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • BigBen

      I don't buy the random thing.

      December 8, 2010 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • evoc

      I had read he told people he was paid to shoot her. I don't believe random.

      December 8, 2010 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • babaelf


      December 8, 2010 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Nathan

    Yeah... ok.

    December 8, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. sskrill

    Try not to be too wordy there, CNN...

    December 8, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Gross

    Yep, don't believe that one for a second. Sorry.

    December 8, 2010 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sarah

    Shot 5 times over a random robbery? Sure, I believe that.

    December 8, 2010 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Julio

    7 shots, center mass, from a moving car?!? Yup. Random.

    December 8, 2010 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mmmmm

    Life is precious. Humanity is priceless no amount of money can assesse it's value. There is no such thing as a random victim. That crimminal went out of his house with a purpose and intent to do harm and take a life...why have a loaded weapon...why fired multiple times. Stop down playing this horrific crime with mediocres! Stop down playing the value of this victim, idiots!

    December 8, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Seedenbetter

    That's it? Three sentences? lol...seriously?

    December 8, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrsFizzy

      Probably still breaking.

      December 8, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. USA! USA! USA!


    December 8, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Veritas


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  11. Steve

    His weapon that he killed himself with matched ballistics tests with the weapon that killed her, so case closed, he was the perp.

    December 8, 2010 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sarah

      I don't doubt that he killed her, but I don't believe it was a robbery gone wrong. I still say it was a professional hit and he was hired.

      December 8, 2010 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jerry

      Yes, he was the perp, but things like this don't just happen (let alone in Beverly Hills). NO QUESTION in my mind that he was hired by someone else... Angry hollywood producer, perhaps? And what's up with HER BROTHER?!?

      December 8, 2010 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jerry

    So why was her purse untouched and still in the car? Robbery my a**. We had to know Beverly Hills Police couldn't handle this one.

    December 8, 2010 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Audrey

    CNN first reported her purse was there beside her & untouched. They now provide all of 3 lines that it was a robbery. I don't believe one word of this report today, either. It was reported the guy in jail confessed to taking ten grand to kill her. For whatever reason there are extreme lengths here to keep the full truth hidden from the general public.

    December 8, 2010 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. T

    Random? Sounds more like a convenient end to a case for a Police Department that has no leads. The suspect was basically a transient with a bicycle as his only mode of transportation. So Ronni was shot 5 times in the chest by someone riding a bicycle at midnight on the streets of Beverly Hills? She was in a moving vehicle, so he would have had to shoot her with a semi-automatic weapon to be able to shoot 5 times in the chest. I've never shot a semi-automatic weapon while on a bicycle, but I imagine it might be a little bit difficult- especially since the police have said the suspect was not a professional trained hitman.

    December 8, 2010 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Lisa

    Earlier reports said there was nothing taken. Her purse and jewlery were found at the scene. How is this is now a robbery? What is REALLY going on here?

    December 8, 2010 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
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