Newly surfaced footage appears to show embattled American rapper, Tekashi 6ix9ine, real name Daniel Hernandez, linked to series of shootings, armed robberies and other crimes across Brooklyn, in New York.
Federal law enforcement claim to have obtained footage of Tekashi 6ix9ine at the scene of armed robberies, shootings, and other crimes around Brooklyn, New York City.
The 22-year-old rapper is currently in jail following his arrest on racketeering charges in November, after being accused of leading crimes including organised shootings and drug trafficking in the area.
US media agency, TMZ, say federal police allegedly have “proof” of 6ix9ine’s involvement after obtaining videos from the phones of either 6ix9ine, or his crew members, and matched them with a surveillance footage from an armed robbery in April.
The ‘Dummy Boy’ rapper has been accused of filming the robbery on his phone while his manager Kifano “Shotti” Jordan pulled off the robbery itself.
A bag that was allegedly stolen during the April robbery along with an AR-15 rifle was later found during a raid at 6ix9ine’s home in September. Police also matched images of the rapper allegedly involved in two separated shootings in Brooklyn in late April.
Reports say prosecutors have filed the images in question as “proof” that 6ix9ine should be held in jail without bail, as his habit of frequently withdrawing “$100,000 or more” at once from his bank account makes him a flight risk.
But the rapper’s lawyer, Lance Lazzaro, insists that his client is not to blame for the crimes. “Daniel Hernandez is innocent and was never part of a criminal enterprise,” said Lazzaro. “He should never have been indicted.”
6ix9ine’s trial is however set to begin on September 4, 2019, and will remain behind bars until then as a motion for his bail was denied late November.