Police: Best man pulls gun, robs DJ at Houston wedding reception

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by Jeff McShan / 11 News

khou.com

Posted on December 22, 2009 at 11:41 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 23 at 12:22 PM

HOUSTON – Cops hear a lot of crazy stories, but this one may take the cake – the wedding cake, to be precise.

Houston police have been trying to track down a wedding party member who allegedly pulled a gun at a reception and started shooting.

It happened back on October 24th, after Nadia Clay and Terrance Simmons tied the knot.

Everything went off without a hitch, police said, until the best man decided to rob the DJ.

"He steps back, takes it [the gun] and then shoots it in the air," said Kendrick Shepherd, the wedding DJ. "And then comes and pushes me, grabs it and runs out the door and I’m like, did that just happen?"

Shepherd said the suspect grabbed an expensive crystal decanter full of liquor and fled.

Nearly two months later, police haven’t been able to find the gun-toting best man.

They have wedding photos of the suspect whose name, according to the newlyweds, is Johnny Smith.

But the groom told investigators he barely knows the guy. He said he was a last-minute replacement for his cousin, who backed out.

"He says he met him at a basketball court playing basketball," said HPD Detective Jeff Brieden.

Police don’t believe Simmons, and neither does the victim.

"Come on, they know him. They’ve got to," Shepherd said. "You going to let anyone be in your wedding as a best man?"

The couple was forced to testify before a grand jury, but they stuck to their story.

If you recognize the not-so-good best man, please call the police.

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