Rapper Kidd Creole — one of the original members of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five — was charged in the stabbing death of a homeless man in NYC, the New York Times reports. The 57-year-old, born Nathaniel Glover, reportedly got in an argument with the homeless man late Tuesday night, and the argument eventually turned violent — at which point, the entertainer is said to have stabbed him in the midsection. The homeless man — identified as John Jolly — was later taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
After reviewing surveillance footage which captured the incident, NYPD arrested Kidd Creole and charged him with second-degree murder, which could carry a maximum of a life sentence. According the to New York Daily News, the 55-year-old victim was a convicted rapist and sex offender.
According to the Daily News’ source, the two got in to an altercation after the rapper perceived that the victim, who was drunk at the time, was hitting on him. “They had no prior relationship,” the source explained. “They had words. Things got out of hand. It was some sort of diss.”
The source continued, “He turned, interpreting that the guy was making an advance toward him. One thing led to another, and he shivved him twice in the chest.”
The victim, John Jolly.
People who knew Kidd Creole were surprised to learn of the incident. One woman, who lived in the same building as him in the Bronx, expressed her shock at the arrest. She told the Daily News, “That is so sad. I’m really in shock right now. He was the sweetest man I’ve ever met. Everybody liked him, I’m really about to cry.”
At the time of his arrest, Kidd Creole was said to be working security at a building in midtown, near where the altercation took place. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer had four prior arrests, with his most recent being in 2007 for possession of a gravity knife.