Randy Quaid And Wife Arrested in Texas

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Los Angeles Times

Actor Randy Quaid and his wife are arrested

September 24, 2009 |  5:36 pm

After allegedly skipping out on a Santa Barbara hotel bill earlier this month, actor Randy Quaid and his wife, Evi, were arrested Thursday near Marfa, Texas.

Hours earlier, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department had obtained a warrant for their arrest, accusing them of running up a tab of more than $10,000 at an unidentified hotel.

Department spokesman Drew Sugars said Evi Quaid apparently put up a struggle during the arrest but “was quickly restrained.’

It was not clear whether the couple would be extradited to Santa Barbara, Sugars said.

—Steve Chawkins

Suspect Raymond Clark III Arrested in Yale Killing; Charged With Murder

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NEW HAVEN, Connecticut (CNN) — A Yale University lab technician was arrested Thursday in connection with the murder of a graduate student whose body was found in the basement wall of an off-campus medical research building, police said.

Raymond Clark was apprehended about 8:10 a.m. at a Super 8 motel in Cromwell, Connecticut, where he had spent the night after being released Wednesday following his submission to DNA testing.

Annie Le’s body was found in the basement wall of an off-campus medical research building. She had been strangled.

Le, 24, a pharmacology student, was last seen alive September 8, the day she appeared in a surveillance video entering a four-story lab at 10 Amistad St., about 10 blocks from the main campus.

Her body was found Sunday, on what was to have been her wedding day. VideoWatch panelists weigh in on Le’s slaying »

Clark, 24, could have been arrested Wednesday if he had declined to provide DNA samples and allow police to search his home, but he was released after complying, New Haven city spokeswoman Jessica Mayorga.

Two other search warrants also were executed Wednesday — one on property belonging to Clark that was not named in the first warrant, and a second for Clark’s vehicle, which was being processed Wednesday evening, New Haven Police Chief James Lewis said. VideoWatch how police briefly detained the lab tech »

Asked Wednesday if police have Clark under surveillance, Lewis said, “We know where Mr. Clark is at all times.” But, he added, there are others who police are monitoring “all the time.”

The only search warrants executed in the case have been those involving Clark, he said, but other people are being investigated.

He said Clark is a technician who does “custodial-type” work at the building. He answered police’s questions for a while at first, but later retained an attorney and stopped, Lewis said.

Lewis said Clark and Le worked in the same building and passed in the hallway, but he refused to comment further on whether they knew each other.

Investigators have collected about 250 pieces of evidence, Lewis said. VideoWatch police discuss the investigation »

“If we have one match on a person we know was at that location,” police will seek an arrest warrant, he said Wednesday. Lewis earlier said police had reviewed about 700 hours of video and interviewed more than 150 people, some more than once.

A senior police official disputed Yale University President Richard Levin’s claims that the suspect pool would be a “limited number” of people who had been in the basement the day Le disappeared.

“We know everyone that was in the basement … and we passed that on to police,” Levin said. “There is an abundance of evidence.”

But the police official, whom CNN is not naming because of the sensitive nature of the ongoing investigation, said investigators believe dozens of people could have had access to that area of the building. VideoWatch a timeline leading up to Le’s death »

Authorities have not released information on what DNA evidence may have been found, although investigators said earlier that bloody clothing was found hidden above tiles in a drop ceiling in another part of the building.

Police have not described the clothes that were found, nor said to whom they might have belonged. Teams of investigators at a Connecticut State Police lab worked through the weekend processing and examining the bloodstained garments.

But Thomas Kaplan, editor in chief of the Yale Daily News, said a Yale police official told the college paper that the clothes were not what Le was wearing when she entered the building.

Lewis said Wednesday that processing of the building was nearing completion and police would likely clear it Thursday morning.VideoWatch a report on the police saying the killing was no random act »

Le was to have been married Sunday on New York’s Long Island to Jonathan Widawsky, a Columbia University graduate student.

Le was from Placerville, California, and seemed to have been aware of the risks of crime in a university town. In February, she compared crime and safety at Yale with other Ivy League schools for a piece for B magazine, published by the medical school.

Among the tips she offered: Keep a minimum amount on your person. When she walked over to the research building last week, she left her purse, credit cards and cell phone in her office.

CNN’s Tom Foreman, Mary Snow and Shirley Zilberstein contributed to this report.

Woman Goes to Manhattan Nightclub to Present Lil’ Kim Flowers and Ends Up Dead

FANTASTIC REPORTING BY THE NEW YORK TIMES
About a Tragic Sunday Night In Manhattan:
August 8, 2008

A Night Out at a Superstar’s Party, Then a Deadly Turn

Ingrid Rivera idolized the rap artist Lil’ Kim. So after she learned that the star would appear at a Manhattan nightclub on Sunday night, Ms. Rivera, 24, put on a party dress and high heels and bought a large bouquet of flowers to present to her.

But the bouquet never made it to Lil’ Kim. The party at the Spotlight Live club, held in honor of the rapper’s birthday, was packed, the flowers were cumbersome and, at some point, the authorities said, Ms. Rivera and a friend handed them to a bar employee for safekeeping. On Thursday, the police said, that employee, Syed Rahman, 24, was arrested and confessed to killing Ms. Rivera. He faces a second-degree murder charge, the police said on Thursday night.

About 9:30 p.m on Thursday, the police escorted Mr. Rahman from the 18th Precinct station house on West 54th Street to take him to Central Booking downtown. He did not acknowledge reporters’ questions and kept his head down as he was put in an unmarked police car.

One of Mr. Rahman’s neighbors, Annie Jackson, 65, who lives across the hall from his family on West 115th Street in Manhattan, said she did not know them well but that the man who she believed was Mr. Rahman was “quiet and friendly.”

“I pray to God he is innocent,” Ms. Jackson said.

The body of Ms. Rivera was found late Wednesday afternoon in a utility shed on the rooftop of the club, on Broadway near 49th Street.

At a news conference on Thursday, the police commissioner, Raymond W. Kelly, said she had been hit in the back of the head with a two-and-a-half-foot-long metal pipe. The cause of death was blunt impact, according to Ellen S. Borakove, a spokeswoman for the city medical examiner.

During the conference, Mr. Kelly said that Mr. Rahman had at first lured Ms. Rivera’s friend, and then Ms. Rivera herself, to the rooftop. He said that Mr. Rahman had a confrontation with Ms. Rivera on the roof but would not discuss the motive for the killing.

When Ingrid Estrada, Ms. Rivera’s mother, learned of her death, “we heard her screams — that’s how we found out they had told her,” said Lizbeth Estrada, a cousin of Ms. Rivera.

Later, the dead woman’s mother described her only daughter as “my life, my happiness,” according to The Associated Press.

A statement released by the club’s management on Thursday said that the club was “shocked” by the tragedy and was cooperating with the police. Ms. Rivera’s killing was the second time this year that the upscale karaoke club has been the scene of a murder. In January, a 20-year old Newark man was stabbed to death after a shoving match that started near the club’s coat check and spilled into the street.

A spokesman for Lil’ Kim, Ronn Torossian, said that the entertainer “mourns the death of Ms. Rivera. She knew nothing of this incident until she heard media reports.”

Mr. Torossian did not respond to further e-mailed questions, and it was unclear whether Ms. Rivera had succeeded in introducing herself to Lil’ Kim.

Sunday night began as an apparently routine outing for a young woman keen on getting close to a celebrity she had admired from afar. She had completed her shift at British Airways at Kennedy International Airport and reached the club, at 1604 Broadway, sometime after 9:30, the police said.

There were about 500 people at the party, Mr. Kelly said.

Ms. Rivera and her friend, whose name the police did not release, met Mr. Rahman, who was working as a “bar back,” stocking the bar, the police said. At some point, the police said, the friends asked him to put the flowers aside for them, which he did.

Ms. Rivera and her friend were drinking. “She was pretty tipsy that night,” said Ms. Estrada, the victim’s cousin, who learned of the night’s events from friends.

Sometime after 2 a.m. on Monday, Ms. Rivera apparently went looking for the flowers, ended up in a men’s bathroom and was kicked out of the club, the police said.

Security guards, meanwhile, prevented others from leaving because of an unrelated dispute outside, a police spokesman said. Ms. Rivera’s friend went looking for her, but was not allowed to leave, the police said. They said that Mr. Rahman approached the friend and lied, telling her that Ms. Rivera was in a penthouse.

The two went to the fifth floor, where Ms. Rivera’s friend later told investigators that she rebuffed sexual advances by Mr. Rahman and managed to get away.

Mr. Rahman then went downstairs, found Ms. Rivera outside and told her he could get her back in, Mr. Kelly said. He took Ms. Rivera through an employee entrance on 49th Street and into a freight elevator to the roof.

Mr. Rahman had keys to a utility shed there, Mr. Kelly said. After a struggle, Mr. Rahman bludgeoned her with the pipe, Mr. Kelly said. That took place about 2:45, the police said. Mr. Rahman then left the club about 3 a.m., according to the police, two hours before his shift was scheduled to end. Mr. Kelly said that Mr. Rahman told colleagues he had a personal emergency.

On Tuesday, Ms. Rivera’s mother reported her daughter missing, Mr. Kelly said. Fliers were still posted on Thursday, taped to a light post near the club, with pictures of the young woman and when she was last seen.

The flier read in part: “Reward! Please help us! $5,000.

Detectives visited the club on Wednesday afternoon, and they searched the five-story building but found nothing, Mr. Kelly said. Mr. Kelly also said that the video surveillance was not working at the club.

Later that day, an air-conditioning repairman discovered Ms. Rivera’s body in the shed, he said.

Mr. Kelly said Mr. Rahman raised investigators’ suspicions because he had left the club early and because of the account Ms. Rivera’s friend gave of their interaction with him.

Reporting was contributed by Al Baker, Jason Grant, Angela Macropoulos, Jennifer Mascia, Andrew Tangel and Mathew R. Warren.

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