Tekashi 6ix9ine’s bodyguards reportedly pursued a fan who attempted to record a cell phone video of the rapper in New York, chasing him with SUVs for 20 blocks before smashing his phone and pointing a taser at him.
The office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. announced charges Monday against five members of the rap star’s personal security, including a retired NYPD detective.
The bodyguards allegedly chased the fan with SUVs equipped with emergency lights and sirens.
The former detective, Daniel Laperuta, has also been accused of falsely claiming to police that the fan had threatened the bodyguards with a weapon.
The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office announced charges Monday against five bodyguards employed by rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine (pictured above in February)
Tekashi 6ix9ine’s bodyguards reportedly pursued a fan who attempted to shoot a cell phone video of the rapper in New York last year, chasing him with SUVs for 20 blocks before smashing his phone and pointing a taser at him. The image above shows Tekashi6ix9ine with bodyguards in Philadelphia in September 2018. The individuals photographed above are not associated with this story
“Celebrity entourage is not a police department, and Manhattan is not the Wild West,” said Vance.
As alleged, these high-fee vigilantes marched through the streets of Harlem with sirens blaring to track down and steal a man and break his phone.
Along the way, a retired NYPD detective tried to cover up their behavior by lying to his former colleagues and repeatedly claiming that the victim had threatened to shoot them.
“False reports – especially about firearms – can have devastating consequences and luckily no one was injured or killed in the actual police action.”
Manhattan prosecutors say that on August 9, last year, a 34-year-old man and his girlfriend Tekashi saw 6ix9ine, whose legal name is Daniel Hernandez, while driving in Harlem.
Tekashi 6ix9ine pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder and armed robbery in February 2019. The crimes took place while he was a member of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods Blood
The rapper, whose official name is Daniel Hernandez, can be seen above in a New York court in October 2018. He testified against his fellow Nine Trey gang members to get a reduced sentence.
The 26-year-old rapper was released from prison early in April 2020 and was under house arrest for the last four months of his two-year sentence.
The rapper, who was sentenced to two years in prison in 2019 for participating in a drive-by shooting as a member of a gang, was surrounded by a phalanx of bodyguards.
When the bodyguards saw the man attempting to record a video of the rap star, “they yelled at him and started chasing him as he drove away,” according to the DA’s Office in Manhattan.
The bodyguards, who were in three different SUVs, chased the man for about 20 blocks. The SUVs were equipped with emergency flashers and sirens normally seen on police vehicles and ambulances.
The fan who was being chased then saw a flagged police car and gestured to the officer to help, but Laperuta, who is retired from the NYPD, reportedly flashed an official departmental service card.
Laperuta would then have told the officers that the fan had threatened him and other members of the security service of Tekashi 6ix9ine with a gun.
According to Vance’s office, the bodyguards “trapped” the fan’s car on the corner of 125th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr Boulevard, forcing him to pull the car over.
Another bodyguard, Sammy Sprouse, allegedly approached the fan’s car, opened the driver’s side door, unfastened the seat belt and pulled on his arm, knocking the phone out of his hand.
Kristian Fuhse, another member of the security service, is said to have stamped on the phone.
The fan quickly got out of his car and tried to reach for his phone. He “struggled” with another member of the rapper’s entourage, Egardo Cortez, according to prosecutors.
Laperuta would then have approached the ventilator and the other bodyguards with his hand on his holster pistol.
Moments later, another bodyguard, Christian Cortez, pulled out a taser and allegedly pointed it at the fan.
Shortly after, an unmarked police car arrived at the scene, prompting the bodyguards to quickly get back into their SUVs and flee, according to the indictment.
Anthony ‘Harv’ Ellison (left) was sentenced to 24 years in prison last November for kidnapping Tekashi6ix9ine at gunpoint in July 2018
Laperuta would then have gone to the NYPD’s 28th district to file a formal complaint against the fan. He again alleged that the fan threatened the bodyguards with a gun.
When an NYPD inspector cast doubt on the plausibility of Laperuta’s claims, Laperuta is said to have withdrawn his complaint and left the police station.
Laperuta, a resident of Central Valley, New York, has been charged with first- and second-degree theft; criminal impersonation in the first degree; and falsely reporting a third-degree incident.
Sprouse, Christian and Egardo Cortez and Fuhse have all been charged with theft and criminal impersonation.
If convicted, they could face up to 25 years in prison.
The security detail of Tekashi 6ix9ine has been making headlines in recent years.
Nearly two weeks after the alleged fan incident, the rapper and four of his guards were seen masked off on a New York City subway train — despite rules requiring riders to wear face coverings to protect themselves from COVID-19.
Earlier this year, the rapper was sued by a California-based private security firm for failing to pay a $75,000 bill for services rendered.
A hospital photo of Tekashi69’s injuries after he was kidnapped and robbed. He claimed he escaped by jumping out of his captors’ vehicle
Tekashi 6ix9ine hired bodyguards from the Metropolitan Patrol three months after he was kidnapped, beaten and robbed of nearly $800,000 in jewelry and cash.
Last November, Anthony Ellison, 33, was sentenced to 24 years in prison for his role in the kidnapping.
Ellison was also convicted of beating another man, leaving him permanently disfigured.
WHAT ARE NINE TREY GANGSTA BLOODS?
Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods is a violent one of the United Blood Nation gang, which itself is a set of the Bloods. Operating on the East Coast, the Nine Trey has been associated with numerous acts of violence, including shootings, robberies and assaults in and around Manhattan and Brooklyn.
Nine Trey’s leadership structure is divided into two parts: the Prison Lineup, which consists of incarcerated members, and the Street Lineup, which consists of members who are not incarcerated.
Nine Trey members and associates engaged in violence to retaliate against rival gangs, to promote Nine Trey’s reputation and reputation, and to protect the gang’s drug trade, involving heroin, fentanyl, furanylfentanyl, MDMA, dibutylone and marijuana. are sold.
After his own arrest, Tekashi 6ix9ine pleaded guilty and became an associate.
At Ellison’s trial last year, the rapper testified about his involvement with the gang, the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods.
He described the kidnapping and said Ellison and another man forced him into a stolen car at gunpoint.
He said the men drove him around and sometimes stopped to beat and mock him as he begged for his life.
The men eventually took him to his Brooklyn home, where they stole a bag full of jewelry before taking him a few blocks away and releasing him, he said.
In 2018, Tekashi 6ix9ine had a multi-platinum hit, Fefe, with Nicki Minaj, which peaked at number 3 on the charts, and Stoopid, with imprisoned rapper Bobby Shmurda.
In April 2020, Tekashi 6ix9ine began serving house arrest for the last four months of a two-year sentence he received for his role in a New York drive-by shooting he committed while with the gang.
Weeks later, he released a new video, Gooba.
The rapper refused to participate in the witness protection program and insisted that he could pay for his own private security detail.
The decision is considered risky given that the gangs he testified against at trial to get a lighter sentence could retaliate.