NBA G League basketball player, Chance Comanche, and his girlfriend, Sakari Harnden, 19, have been arrested on charges related to a murder plot against a female victim in Nevada, as revealed by Las Vegas police on Sunday.
Comanche was taken into custody on Friday on a first-degree kidnapping charge and was subsequently booked into the Sacramento County Jail in California.
Simultaneously, Harnden was arrested on a kidnapping charge on Wednesday and incarcerated in the Clark County Detention Center in Nevada.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police, in an official statement shared on social media platform X (formerly Twitter), declared that Comanche and Harnden were directly responsible for the murder of the victim, identified as 23-year-old Marayna Rodgers.
Rodgers had mysteriously disappeared on December 5 after spending time with friends and meeting Harnden, who was accompanied by Comanche.
Law enforcement began suspecting foul play early in the investigation and, based on gathered evidence, proceeded to arrest Harnden and Comanche for their involvement in Rodgers’ kidnapping and subsequent disappearance.
Following the arrest, detectives, acting on information obtained from the detained individuals, located human remains in a desert area in Henderson, Nevada.
Subsequent examination by the Clark County Coroner confirmed the identity of the recovered remains as those of Marayna Rodgers.
Ex-NBA G Leaguer Comanche Arrested in Murder Plot
Comanche, a 6-foot-10-inch center who went undrafted out of the University of Arizona, had recently played for the Sacramento Kings’ G League affiliate, the Stockton Kings.
The team promptly released Comanche following his arrest. The NBA and the Kings have yet to respond to requests for comment.
Notably, Comanche played a G League game against the G League Ignite in Henderson on December 5, the night before Rodgers disappeared.
His presence at a subsequent game in Portland on December 7 has raised questions about the timeline of events.
Currently, Comanche is being held without bail, with his next court appearance scheduled for Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Harnden’s bail, set at $500,000 in a downtown Las Vegas jail, reflects the severity of the criminal charges she faces.
The criminal complaint specifies that Harnden allegedly held or detained Rodgers against her will, with the intent to cause her harm or death.
Comanche, who briefly played in the NBA with the Portland Trail Blazers during the 2022-2023 season, had made 24 appearances for the Stockton Kings over the past two seasons, showcasing an impressive performance with an average of 14 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.2 assists, and 1.4 blocks per game this year.
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