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. Sharp

    Have they got proof of this? Some of her stuff for example. If so case closed. If not it just proves Beverley Hills Cops can't do anything but chase off Paparazzi & Black folks. Very convenient that both are dead. Lets see the proof.

    December 8, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Brian SD

    I've been reading/watching CNN since their inception but I have to admit besides the ridiculous Palin coverage this is a new low. I'm guessing the police chief must have twittered this and CNN repeats it as news/gospel with out lifting an investigative finger. Where's Eddie Murphy when you really need him?

    Lame is being too nice.

    December 8, 2010 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Beverly Hills Cop

    Looks like the Beverly Hills PD could use the help of Axel Foley on this one.

    December 8, 2010 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Windygirl

      My thoughts exactly!!! Let's get Axel on the job NOW!!!

      December 8, 2010 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. No

    LOL! A robber who shoots someone FIVE times and doesn't take anything...okay.

    December 8, 2010 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. EIGHT

    yeah he's so random he even thought to pick up the shell casings. Was he texting while riding his bicycle too?
    COVER UP

    December 8, 2010 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Poetica

    Random my a**!!!

    December 8, 2010 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. wils dooley

    Very odd, I must say!

    December 8, 2010 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. BeverlyHillsCop

    ...This just in, "Woman in Mercedes 500SL drives down Beverly Glynn Dr. @ 1:00am, picks up homeless black man, has five shots fired to her chest, no money, jewelry or even car taken. Man goes back to dollar motel, keeps guilty weapon, gets confronted by cops, kills self in front of cops...case closed" Or, it could just be random.

    December 8, 2010 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. tryest

    Did anyone check WikiLeaks?? Its should be on there

    December 8, 2010 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. budwhite451

    It sounds a little cut and dried to me. The murder sounded professional and the accused did not, almost like the nite owl murders. Maybe she knew too much, an insider. Is there an, Ed Exley, Jack Vincennes, or Bud White out there.

    December 8, 2010 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jean

    Well from reading the comments, it seem many believe there is something fishy going on. I must agree. NONE of it makes sense. There is a reason BH police do not work with Los Angeles Police. So they can make up their own stories I guess.

    December 8, 2010 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Bernard P. Fife

    Same thing as the Kennedy assassination – Oswald was really trying to rob JFK.

    December 8, 2010 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ed Bailey

    Thank the bhpd for such good work! Now call kato and the green hornet.Hopefully the truth will come outsider,not in the dumb,naïve,flower child moments of my life could I swallow that publicity stunt.if its official that the case is closed its typical blind justive!!!!!!!!!!

    December 8, 2010 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  14. jimmyfiveguys

    Uh, yeah this one doesn't add up. This guys rap sheet doesn't lend itself to the theory that at 1 AM he was warming up for a starring role in Tour De France Black Ops (pun intended). Bottom line, dead men tell no tales and we may never know what really happened here. For those of you accusing the brothers in blue, back up. When they rolled up to investigate the lead this guy may have aced himself because if he hit the joint it was gonna be a lot worse when he finally got it. Easier to just squeeze.

    December 8, 2010 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. RUFFNUTT

    probabaly the work of that serial killer that is after the quaids.

    December 8, 2010 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
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