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Members of rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine’s security team are expected to be arraigned Monday on charges stemming from an August 2020 robbery incident in Harlem, law enforcement sources tell News 4 New York.
The rapper’s private security team is accused of robbing a man after chasing him through Harlem in SUVs with flashing lights and sirens, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office detailed Monday.
Five members of the rapper’s security team face first and second-degree robbery charges and criminal impersonation. One of the individuals, a retired NYPD detective, was also charged for “falsely claiming to NYPD officers and in a 911 call that the victim was threatening the defendants with a firearm,” according to the prosecutor’s office.
Back in August 2020, Tekashi’s security team allegedly witnessed a 34-year-old man attempting to record cellphone video of the rapper. The man was shouted at by the security team and fled in his vehicle only to be chased for nearly 20 blocks by the team’s SUVs equipped with flashing lights and sirens, according to the district attorney.
Tekashi’s team eventually boxed in the man’s car at 125th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard, forcing him to pull over. A member of the rapper’s detail opened the man’s car door and knocked his phone to the ground and stomped on it, the prosecutor alleges. Other security personnel allegedly pointed a Taser at the man before unmarked police vehicles arrived and the security team fled.
“A celebrity entourage is not a police department, and Manhattan is not the Wild West,” District Attorney Cy Vance said in a statement.
This story is developing.