Police are investigating a report that rapper DMX and his entourage robbed at gunpoint a 21-year-old man at a gas station early Sunday morning in Newark, New Jersey.
DMX, real name Earl Simmons, 44, was identified by the victim, who said he approached him after recognizing him at the gas station, police told NJ.com. Police said the investigation is in the “early stages” and no charges have been filed, according to the news site.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. DMX Was in New Jersey for a Show
DMX was at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark for a show on the “Masters of Ceremony” tour with several other rappers, according to his Twitter account.
2. The Victim Said $3,200 Was Taken From Him
The 21-year-old victim, who wasn’t named in news reports, told police he had $3,200 pulled from his pocket during the robbery, according to NJ.com’s report.
According to News 12, a local news station, DMX was taking photos with fans when one of them was robbed by a member of his entourage.
The incident happened at the Exxon gas station on Route 21, police Sgt. Ronald Glover told NJ.com. After recognizing DMX, the victim told police he went over to him. Glover told NJ.com:
The two had a brief conversation about rap music and during the conversation a male in DMX’s entourage, showed the victim a gun and demanded the victim’s money.
After he “snatched the money out of (the victim’s) hand,” DMX jumped into one of four Cadillac Escaldes that then left the scene, police said.
3. He Followed the SUV & Gave a Description to Police
The victim told police he followed the SUV out of the gas station and onto a highway, according to NJ.com. He was able to give police the license plate.
Police did not say if they were able to link the license plate to DMX.
4. DMX Has Had Several Run-ins With the Law
DMX has multiple convictions for weapons violations, resisting arrest, animal cruelty, unlicensed driving, reckless driving and drug possession.
He was arrested four times in 2013 in South Carolina, according to GoUpstate.com on charges including possession of marijuana, driving without a valid license and driving under the influence.
5. He Released His Debut Album in 1998
DMX, born in Yonkers, New York, began his career in the late 1980s as a beatboxer and then spent the early 1990s as an unsigned rapper. He released his first album in 1998, Get Me Dog, on Def Jam Records. His bestselling album, …And Then There Was X, was released in 1999. He’s working on his eighth studio album.