Niagara Gazette


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. 

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