A Sacramento Kings G League player and his girlfriend are accused of killing a friend in Las Vegas
A Sacramento Kings G-League player and his girlfriend were arrested after the death of an acquaintance in Las Vegas earlier this month, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said. He said.
Police said in a statement on Sunday that Chance Comaneche, 27, who plays for the Stockton Kings, was arrested by FBI agents in California on Friday and is awaiting extradition to Nevada on kidnapping charges. He is being held at Sacramento County Main Jail without bail, jail records show.
His girlfriend, Sakari Harnden, 19, was arrested two days ago in Las Vegas and booked into the Clark County Detention Center on kidnapping charges, police said. Bail was set at $500,000, according to Las Vegas Justice Court records.
They are both accused of carrying out a murder plot against Harnden’s girlfriend, Marina Rodgers, who was reported missing on December 7 in Las Vegas.
Police said Rodgers went out with friends on Dec. 5, intending to meet Harnden, who had brought Comanche with her. Rodgers has not been seen alive since.
The Stockton Kings play in Henderson, Nevada, at the Dollar Loan Center on Dec. 5, according to their team schedule. The team shot down Comaneci after arresting him on Friday.
“Early in the investigation, detectives suspected foul play and obtained evidence to arrest Harnden and her boyfriend, Comanche, for their roles in Rodgers’ kidnapping and disappearance,” police said.
Police said they were able to gather more information about the Rodgers case after both Harnden and Comanche were arrested, leading investigators to “recover human remains in a desert area in Henderson, Nevada.”
The Clark County coroner determined the remains were those of Rodgers, leading police to determine that Harnden and Comanche were responsible for her kidnapping and murder, police said.
Police did not detail what type of information led them to the desert in Henderson or what information helped them determine Harnden and Comanche were responsible for the crime.
The police department said Harnden and Comanche’s charges will be updated to include murder charges.
According to jail records, Comanche is expected to appear in Sacramento District Court on Tuesday.
Court records show Harnden is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Dec. 28.
The public defender’s office representing Harnden did not immediately return a call for comment outside regular business hours. Jail records do not list an attorney representing Comanche.