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After A Wild Chase, 6ix9ine's Bodyguards Broke The Man's Phone: DA
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After A Wild Chase, 6ix9ine's Bodyguards Broke The Man's Phone: DA


Prosecutors said Monday that bodyguards for troubled rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine turned New York City into the Wild West last summer, piling into SUVs and chasing a man for 20 blocks with lights flashing after he tried to record cellphone video of the recording star.

Five members of 6ix9ine's security team, including a retired New York City police detective accused of lying and attempting to cover up the incident, were indicted on robbery, false impersonation, and other charges stemming from the pursuit in Harlem last August.

Daniel Hernandez, aka Tekashi 6ix9ine, was not charged.

In a written statement announcing the indictments, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. stated, “A celebrity entourage is not a police department, and Manhattan is not the Wild West.”

“As claimed, these highly compensated vigilantes caravaned through the streets of Harlem with sirens flashing in order to track down a man and steal and break his phone,” Vance said.

Daniel Laperuta, a former NYPD detective, falsely told police officers and a 911 dispatcher that the man being chased had threatened 6ix9ine's team with a gun, according to Vance.

When 6ix9ine's bodyguards finally confronted the man, boxing him in with their SUVs near the Apollo Theater, they stomped on his cell phone, according to Vance.

As the man struggled with one of the bodyguards for the phone, Laperuta approached with his hand on his holstered gun, and another bodyguard pointed a stun gun at him, according to Vance.

Vance described the security team fleeing in the SUVs as an unmarked police car approached with its lights flashing.

Laperuta pleaded not guilty Monday and was expected to post bail that afternoon, while other members of the security team were expected to be arraigned later that day.

Todd Cushner, Laperuta's attorney, stated that he was reviewing the charges against the former cop.

“They are, for the most part, unfounded,” Cushner said.

Messages seeking comment were left with lawyers who have previously represented Tekashi 6ix9ine.

6ix9ine, a Brooklyn native, rose to prominence as a hip-hop artist after becoming a social media phenomenon with millions of Instagram followers, having a multiplatinum hit song, “Fefe,” with Nicki Minaj, which peaked at No. 3 on the pop charts in 2018, and “Stoopid,” featuring incarcerated rapper Bobby Shmurda.

He's been in and out of jail and court since then.

With a mandatory minimum of 37 years in prison on gang-related charges, including allegedly orchestrating a shooting that injured an innocent bystander, 6ix9ine began cooperating with federal prosecutors and testifying against members of the gang, the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods.

He also testified that two men kidnapped him in July 2018, forcing him into a stolen car at gunpoint and occasionally beating and taunting him before taking him to his Brooklyn home and stealing a bag full of jewelry.

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6ix9ine's cooperation earned him leniency from prosecutors but scorn from fellow rappers, with Snoop Dogg labeling him a "snitch." In December 2019, 6ix9ine was sentenced to two years in federal prison, but a judge ordered him released to home confinement due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tekashi 6ix9ine told jurors in 2019 that his role in the Nine Trey gang was to “just keep making hits and be the financial support... so they could buy guns and stuff like that.”

When asked what he got in return, 6ix9ine said, "My career. I got the street credibility. The videos, the music, the protection — everything."

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