Bamm-Bamm Bling Blamed For Man's Death

Suspect in custody, necklace still missing

San Francisco police are on the lookout for an interesting piece of jewelry that apparently cost a man his life.

When Richard Barrett left the Hustler Club in North Beach on Nov. 25, 2008, he was wearing a distinctive charm on a white-gold chain  a diamond-encrusted figure of Flintstones character Bamm-Bamm.

The shiny object drew the attention of two men, police say, who then slammed Barrett against a wall and and ripped the necklace from his neck.

"We know he was targeted because of the medallion he was wearing," Inspector Robert Lynch told SF Gate.

When Barrett tried to run away, one of the men shot him in the back, Lynch said. Barrett later died at a hospital.

Police arrested 25-year-old Charles Heard Monday in connection with the crime but they are still looking for the gun and the Bamm-Bamm necklace.

Heard is a suspected gang member and is on parole for a felony conviction.

Lynch noted that the term "bam-bam" is slang for Colombian drug traffickers referring to cocaine.

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