Third of four suspects arrested in Georgia, Florida for fatally shooting rapper XXXTentacion

The Associated Press

Jul,27 2018 13:27:52 IST

The third of four suspects in the shooting death of emerging South Florida rap star XXXTentacion was arrested in rural Georgia at a relative’s house, authorities said Thursday.

The U.S. Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force took Robert Allen, 22, of Fort Lauderdale into custody Wednesday. He was booked into jail in Dodge County, Georgia, and is being held without bond on a warrant from Broward County, Florida. Broward Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Veda Coleman-Wright confirmed the arrest.

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Allen and three other men are accused of killing XXXTentacion (ex-ex-ex-ten-ta-see-YAWN) in June. The 20-year-old rap star, whose real name was Jahseh Onfroy, was fatally shot as he left a motorcycle dealership. Officials said a struggle ensued when the rapper’s sports car was blocked by another vehicle, two masked gunmen approached and XXXTentacion was shot multiple times. The gunmen fled with a Louis Vuitton bag containing $50,000.

Robert Allen. Broward Sheriff’s Office via AP

Robert Allen. Broward Sheriff’s Office via AP

Last week, a grand jury in Fort Lauderdale indicted Allen along with three others — Dedrick Williams, 22; Michael Boatwright, 22 and Trayvon Newsome, 20 — with first-degree murder and armed robbery charges. Williams and Boatwright are also in custody while Newsome remains at large. Broward Sheriff’s Office homicide detectives received a Crime Stoppers tip last Friday with Allen’s possible location, a news release said. The fugitive task force followed up on the lead, and Allen was arrested at his sister’s home in Eastman, Georgia.

An attorney for Allen isn’t listed on jail records. An arraignment for Williams, who investigators believe was the getaway vehicle’s driver, is scheduled for Monday and his attorney has said he will plead not guilty. Boatwright entered a not guilty plea Wednesday, according to court records. Witnesses have told police Boatwright and Newsome were the apparent gunmen although, under Florida law, all four men can face murder charges because they were involved in some way.

According to a detective’s affidavit filed in Boatwright’s case — a document that has since been sealed — Allen was with Williams when the two men visited the Riva Motor Sports motorcycle shop in Deerfield Beach just after XXXTentacion and a friend went inside. The affidavit says the rapper earlier that day visited a Bank of America branch and withdrew $50,000 in $100 bills.

XXXTentacion was shot dead by unknown suspects in Florida on Tuesday. AP

XXXTentacion was shot dead in Florida on 18 June 2018. AP

The suspect identified as Williams purchased a black neoprene mask, according to investigators, and then both men left the store and entered a vehicle later identified as a blue 2017 Dodge Journey. It was this vehicle that authorities say was used to block the car driven by XXXTentacion before the shooting. The Journey was crashed about three hours after the slaying and nearby surveillance video showed several men flee, including Newsome and Allen. Boatwright’s fingerprint was found inside. The Journey had been rented by a friend of Williams’, according to the affidavit. The woman who rented it said Boatwright and Allen — whom she knew as “Big Rob” — were present as well. Allen is listed in jail records as weighing 300 pounds (136 kilograms), much larger than the other three suspects.

Williams later told police he was with others at the motorcycle shop but did not know in advance they intended to rob the rapper. “Williams stated that he wanted to tell the truth ... Williams stated he was fearful of being labelled a snitch when he went to prison,” the affidavit says. Later, police said Williams’ girlfriend told them he had told her he was involved but that it was Boatwright and Newsome who carried out the actual robbery and slaying. Police also said they found cellphone data on Boatwright’s phone indicating it was near the motorcycle shop at the time of the killing.

Updated Date: Jul 27, 2018 13:27 PM