Niagara Gazette

Crime

June 11, 2014

Rappers sought in Falls robbery

Niagara Gazette — Falls police are looking for a pair of apparently aspiring rap artists after a robbery at a Niagara Falls Boulevard motel.

Detectives said a 21-year-old Eden man walked into police headquarters, at 4:20 a.m. Monday, and told officers “that he was just robbed by two armed males ... after shooting a rap video and that both suspects are fugitives wanted for murder in Illinois.”

The victim told police he had just wrapped up shooting the video, when the suspects jumped him and began punching him. The man said the two would-be rappers, known as Lil Nova and Pistol Pete, then grabbed $5,000 from his pant’s pockets.

Clutching the cash, Nova and Pete made their getaway in a red Dodge Avenger with Missouri plates. A Twitter feed for a rapper identified as Lil Nova lists his hometown as Howardville, Mo.

The victim told police that Nova and Pete were both from Rockford, Ill., and that both had been armed with “pistols,” but that the weapons were never displayed. Police said the victim could not explain why the suspects took his cash but did not take a substantial amount of “bling” that he was wearing. 

The video shoot apparently took place over a three-day period that ended with the Monday morning robbery. 

In a report filed by investigating patrol officers, the victim said he “wanted his money’s worth for his music video” and that was why he did not contact police when he learned that the rappers were armed and wanted for murder. 

Questioned by officers about why he had $5,000 cash with him on the video shoot, the victim said that $1,000 was used to pay the rappers, while the remaining $4,000 “was used to flash around in front of the camera.”

“That’s what rappers do (flash money in front of the camera) and it gets people’s attention,” the victim told police. 

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Crime
Featured Ads
House Ads
AP Video
Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow
Opinion
House Ads
Night & Day
Twitter News
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page