Bodyguards for troubled rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine turned New York Town into the Wild West last summer season, piling into SUVs and chasing a male for 20 blocks with lights flashing immediately after he attempted to record cellphone video clip of the recording star, prosecutors reported Monday.
5 members of 6ix9ine’s stability crew, which include a retired New York Metropolis police detective accused of lying and attempting to deal with up the incident, ended up indicted Monday on robbery, untrue impersonation and other costs stemming from the pursuit past August in Harlem.
Tekashi 6ix9ine, whose true title is Daniel Hernandez, was not charged.
“A celebrity entourage is not a law enforcement office, and Manhattan is not the Wild West,” Manhattan District Lawyer Cyrus Vance Jr. stated in a composed assertion asserting the indictments.
“As alleged, these highly-compensated vigilantes caravanned by the streets of Harlem with sirens flashing in buy to monitor a guy down and steal and break his cellphone,” Vance explained.
The former NYPD detective, Daniel Laperuta, falsely claimed to police officers and a 911 dispatcher that the man remaining chased experienced threatened 6ix9ine’s workforce with a gun, Vance claimed.
When 6ix9ine’s bodyguards at last confronted the man, boxing him in with their SUVs close to the Apollo Theater, they knocked his cell cellphone out and stomped it, Vance said.
As the gentleman wrestled with just one of the bodyguards in an try to get the mobile phone again, Laperuta approached with his hand on his holstered gun and a different bodyguard pointed a stun gun at the guy, Vance mentioned.
The safety workforce fled in the SUVs as an unmarked law enforcement auto drove up with lights flashing, Vance explained.
Laperuta pleaded not responsible Monday and was anticipated to put up bail Monday afternoon. Other customers of the protection workforce were being predicted to be arraigned afterwards Monday.
Laperuta’s lawyer, Todd Cushner, stated he was examining the rates in opposition to the former detective.
“For the most aspect, they are unfounded,” Cushner said.
On the web court docket records failed to listing legal professionals for the other users of Tekashi 6ix9ine’s safety staff who were being billed. Messages in search of comment were being remaining with attorneys who’ve represented the rapper in the previous.
6ix9ine, a Brooklyn native, rocketed to fame as a hip-hop artist soon after getting a social media phenomenon with hundreds of thousands of followers on Instagram. He experienced a multiplatinum hit tune, “Fefe,” with Nicki Minaj, which peaked at No. 3 on the pop charts in 2018, and “Stoopid,” that includes the incarcerated rapper Bobby Shmurda.
Since then, he’s been in and out of court docket — and jail.
Going through a necessary minimal of 37 decades in jail for gang crimes like allegedly orchestrating a shooting that remaining an innocent bystander wounded, 6ix9ine started out cooperating with federal prosecutors and testifying versus members of the gang, the 9 Trey Gangsta Bloods.
He also testified that two gentlemen kidnapped him in July 2018, forcing him into a stolen auto at gunpoint and stopping at moments to defeat and taunt him ahead of getting him to his Brooklyn home and stealing a bag comprehensive of jewelry.
6ix9ine’s cooperation attained him leniency from prosecutors and scorn from fellow rappers, with Snoop Dogg calling him a “snitch.” In December 2019, 6ix9ine was sentenced to two many years in federal prison. Just a couple of months afterwards, a choose purchased him introduced to dwelling confinement since of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Testifying in 2019, Tekashi 6ix9ine stated to jurors that his job in the 9 Trey gang was to “just continue to keep building hits and be the fiscal aid … so they could obtain guns and things like that.”
Questioned what he bought in return, 6ix9ine responded: “My occupation. I acquired the street trustworthiness. The movies, the tunes, the defense — all of the above.”
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