Five individuals who are a part of Tekashi 6ix9ine’s security team are in some legal trouble.
According to legal documents obtained by XXL, the five individuals involved are Sammy Sprouse from Murfreesboro, Tenn., Christian and Egardo Cortez of Bridgeport, Conn., Kristian Fuhse of Pompano Beach, Fla., and Daniel Laperuta, a former New York Police Department detective of Central Valley, N.Y. They were all indicted Monday and charged with Robbery in the First Degree, Robbery in the Second Degree and Criminal Impersonation in the First Degree.
Laperuta has also been charged with Falsely Reporting an Incident in the Third Degree by incorrectly claiming to be a member of the NYPD. In the call to police, Laperuta claimed that the victim, a 34-year-old man was threatening the rapper and his team with a firearm, per XXL.
Vehicles driven by the security team that obtained flashing lights and sirens, followed the victim and his girlfriend after they noticed they were recording the rapper on their phone.
In additional documents obtained by XXL, the victim “attempted to flag down an NYPD officer in a marked vehicle, former detective Laperuta flashed a retired NYPD Member of Service card, telling the officers that the victim threatened them with a gun.”
The former officer rejoined the pursuit of the victim and called 911 as the rapper’s security team followed.
Tekashi’s team eventually caught up to the victim and boxed them in with their SUVs. A member of the team opened the door of the victim’s vehicle which knocked the phone out of his hand and onto the ground while another member of the security team stomped on it. The former police officer approached the group of men while another member of the security team pointed a taser at the victim. Shortly after, an unmarked police car pulled up and the rapper’s team fled the scene.
“A celebrity entourage is not a police department, and Manhattan is not the Wild West. As alleged, these highly-compensated vigilantes caravanned through the streets of Harlem with sirens flashing in order to track a man down and steal and break his phone,” Manhattan D.A. Cyrus Vance said about the incident per XXL. “Along the way, a retired NYPD Detective tried to cover up their conduct by lying to his former colleagues and repeatedly claiming the victim had threatened to shoot them. False reports—especially about firearms—can carry devastating consequences and fortunately, no one was injured or killed in the actual police response.”
The incident happened in Harlem in August of last year.