Hollywood family therapist killed, ex-boyfriend arrested

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HOLLYWOOD (CNS) – A 41-year-old Playa del Rey man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering Dr. Amie Harwick, a prominent Hollywood marriage and sex therapist who was once engaged to “The Price is Right” host Drew Carey.    Gareth Pursehouse, a former boyfriend of the victim, was arrested about 4:30 p.m. Saturday and booked on suspicion of murdering Harwick, according to jail records and the Los Angeles Police Department.

Agents from the FBI-LAPD fugitive task force arrested Pursehouse outside his residence in the 8100 block of Cabora Drive in Playa del Rey. He was being held on $2 million bail.

On Saturday, at about 1:15 a.m., LAPD officers responded to a call about a woman screaming in the 2000 block of Mound Street in the Hollywood Hills, the department said.

When officers arrived, they were met by the victim’s roommate, who was in the street, police said. He told the officers Harwick was being assaulted inside the home. The roommate had left the house, jumped a wall and went to neighbors to call for police.

Responding officers found Harwick lying on the ground beneath a third-story balcony, the LAPD said. She was gravely injured and unresponsive. Paramedics took her to the hospital, where she later died.

The investigation found evidence of a forced entry and struggle inside the home, the LAPD reported. A canvass of the area found additional evidence of the killer entering the property and leaving.

Detectives learned that Harwick had recently talked about her fear of a Pursehouse, police said. She had taken out a restraining order against him but the order had since expired.

Harwick, 38, was a published author. According to TMZ, she and Carey started dating in 2017 and announced their engagement in early 2018, but split up later that year.

Anyone with information about the killing or about Pursehouse was asked to call West Bureau homicide detectives at 213-382-9470 or the LAPD’s 24-hour tipline at 877-527-3247. Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.

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