This is the moment Tekashi 6ix9ine’s bodyguards allegedly broke a fan’s phone and pointed a taser at him after chasing him for 20 blocks in New York City for taking a video of the troubled rapper.
Five members of 6ix9ine’s security team, including a retired New York City police detective, were indicted in a Manhattan court on Monday over August 2020 ordeal that was caught on camera.
Tekashi 6ix9ine, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, was not charged.
The footage, which was shot by witnesses, showed the 34-year-old fan recording 6ix9ine on a sidewalk in Harlem just days after the rapper completed his house arrest on street gang charges.
The alleged victim, who was driving by in his car, could be heard taunting the rapper, saying: ‘What happened, big man? N***a, don’t act tough. Fight me.’
The video, shared by XLL, then cut to the same man confronting 6ix9ine’s bodyguards in the middle of the street after they allegedly pursued him and took his phone.
The 34-year-old fan (pictured in the white shirt) was filmed wrestling briefly with Tekashi 6ix9ine’s bodyguards after they allegedly chased him for 20 blocks in New York and smashed his phone for filming the rapper in August last year
He could be heard shouting for the bodyguards to give him back his phone before he started wrestling with one of them.
Another bodyguard then approached with a taser as a witness repeatedly screamed out: ‘Don’t shoot’.
The video resurfaced as Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. announced the indictments of the five bodyguards on Monday, saying: ‘A celebrity entourage is not a police department.’
Ex-NYPD detective Daniel Laperuta, Sammy Sprouse, Christian Cortez, Egardo Cortez and Kristian Fuhse were indictment on robbery, false impersonation and other charges stemming from the pursuit.
Laperuta was also charged with falsely claiming to police that the fan threatened the bodyguards with a weapon.
Prosecutors say the fan and his girlfriend had spotted 6ix9ine while driving in Harlem back on August 9 last year.
The rapper, who in 2019 was sentenced to two years in prison for taking part in a drive-by shooting as a member of a gang, was surrounded by his bodyguards at the time.
The footage, which was shot by witnesses, showed the 34-year-old fan recording 6ix9ine (above) on a sidewalk in Harlem just days after the rapper completed his house arrest on street gang charges
Five members of 6ix9ine’s (above) security team, including a retired New York City police detective, were indicted in a Manhattan court on Monday over August 2020 ordeal that was caught on camera
6ix9ine, who was spared a harsher sentence after becoming a prosecution star witness, had been released from house arrest just days before the phone recording incident.
When the bodyguards saw the man trying to record video of the rapper, they ‘shouted at him and began to chase him as he drove away,’ prosecutors say.
The bodyguards, who were in three different SUVs, pursued the man for some 20 blocks. The SUVs were equipped with emergency flashing lights and sirens normally seen on police vehicles and ambulances.
The fan saw a marked police car and motioned for the officer to help but Laperuta, who is retired from the NYPD, allegedly flashed an official department Member of Service card.
Laperuta is then alleged to have told the officers that the fan had threatened him and other members of Tekashi 6ix9ine’s security detail with a gun.
According to prosecutors, the bodyguards ‘boxed in’ the fan’s car and forced him to pull the car over.
Another bodyguard, Sammy Sprouse, is alleged to have approached the fan’s car, opened the driver’s side, door, unbuckled the seat belt, and pulled his arm, knocking the phone out of his hand.
Kristian Fuhse, another member of the security detail, is alleged to have then stomped on the phone.
Ex-NYPD detective Daniel Laperuta is among the five bodyguards charged. In addition to robbery charges, Laperuta was also charged with falsely claiming to police that the fan threatened the bodyguards with a weapon
Egardo Cortez (left) and his cousin Christian Cortez (right) faced a Manhattan court on Monday to face charges over the August 2020 incident
The fan quickly got out of his car and tried to retrieve his phone. He ‘wrestled’ with another member of the rapper’s entourage, Egardo Cortez, according to prosecutors.
Laperuta is then alleged to have approached the fan and the other bodyguards with his hand on his holstered gun.
Moments later, another bodyguard, Christian Cortez, pulled out a Taser and aimed it at the fan, it has been alleged.
An unmarked police car arrived at the scene soon afterward, prompting the bodyguards to quickly get back into their SUVs and flee, according to the criminal complaint.
Laperuta is then alleged to have gone to the NYPD’s 28th Precinct to file a formal complaint against the fan. He once again is alleged to have claimed that the fan threatened the bodyguards with a gun.
When an NYPD lieutenant cast doubt on the plausibility of Laperuta’s claims, Laperuta is alleged to have withdrawn his complaint and left the precinct.
Laperuta, a resident of Central Valley, New York, has been charged with robbery in the first and second degrees; criminal impersonation in the first degree; and falsely reporting an incident in the third degree.
Sprouse, Christian and Egardo Cortez and Fuhse have all been charged with robbery and criminal impersonation.
If convicted, they could face up to 25 years in state prison.
Laperuta, who is retired from the NYPD, allegedly flashed an official department Member of Service card. He is pictured in his uniform as an NYPD cop
Laperuta, a resident of Central Valley, New York, has been charged with robbery in the first and second degrees; criminal impersonation in the first degree; and falsely reporting an incident in the third degree
Egardo Cortez (right) and his cousin, Christian Cortez (left), have been charged with felony counts of robbery and criminal impersonation
‘A celebrity entourage is not a police department, and Manhattan is not the Wild West,’ Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said in a written statement announcing the indictments.
‘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.’
Tekashi 6ix9ine pled guilty in Feb 2019 to conspiracy to commit murder and armed robbery. The crimes took place during the time he spent as a member of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods
Tekashi 6ix9ine’s security detail has made headlines in recent years.
Nearly two weeks after the alleged incident with the fan, the rapper and four of his security guards were seen on a New York City subway maskless – this despite rules mandating riders wear face coverings to guard against COVID-19.
Earlier this year, the rapper was sued by a California-based private security firm alleging that he failed to pay a $75,000 bill for services provided.
Tekashi 6ix9ine hired bodyguards from the Metropolitan Patrol three months after he was kidnapped, beaten, and robbed of almost $800,000 in jewelry and cash.
Last November, Anthony Ellison, 33, was sentenced to 24 years in federal prison for his role in the kidnapping.
Ellison was also sentenced for the slashing of another man that left him permanently disfigured.
After his own arrest, Tekashi 6ix9ine pleaded guilty and became a cooperator.
The rapper, whose legal name is Daniel Hernandez, is seen above in a New York court in October 2018. He testified against his fellow Nine Trey gang members in order to get a reduced sentence
At Ellison’s trial last year, the rapper testified about his involvement with the gang, the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods.
He described the kidnapping, saying Ellison and another man forced him into a stolen car at gunpoint.
He said the men drove him around, stopping sometimes to beat and taunt him as he begged for his life.
The men ultimately took him to his Brooklyn home, where they stole a bag full of jewelry before driving him a few blocks away and releasing him, he said.
In 2018, Tekashi 6ix9ine had a multiplatinum hit song, Fefe, with Nicki Minaj, which peaked at No. 3 on the pop charts, and Stoopid, featuring imprisoned rapper Bobby Shmurda.
In April of 2020, Tekashi 6ix9ine began serving home confinement for the last four months of a two-year prison term he was given for his role in a drive-by shooting in New York that he committed when he was with the gang.
Weeks later, he released a new video, Gooba.
The rapper declined to enter the witness protection program, insisting that he could pay for his own private security detail.
The decision is considered risky given the fact that the gangs that he testified against at trial in order to get a lighter sentence may seek revenge.