A founding member of the iconic Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five hip hop group has been arrested in New York for the alleged stabbing murder of a homeless man. Kidd Creole's real name is Nathaniel Glover. The attack occurred in midtown Manhattan shortly before midnight on Monday.
Detectives in the New York Police Department spotted Glover on surveillance cameras close to the scene and took him into custody on Wednesday night. Glover, who lives in the Bronx, is charged with second-degree murder, which carries a maximum sentence of life in the slammer.
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The NYPD described the victim as a level two sex offender. The victim's identity was not immediately released, but later was identified as John Jolly.
Authorities told AP that the 55-year-old victim was found with multiple stab wounds to his torso. Jolly was stabbed three times shortly before midnight on Tuesday, authorities said. He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead less than an hour later. A police source said that the altercation between Glover and Jolly involved use of a gay slur, which spurred an angry reaction. Glover has confessed to stabbing 55-year-old John Jolly, according to a law-enforcement source.
The victim last lived in a homeless shelter in Lower Manhattan, about two miles from where he was stabbed near the intersection of East 44th Street and Third Avenue, the authorities said.
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"On Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at 2352 hours, police responded to a 911 call of a male possibly stabbed at East 44 Street and 3 Avenue within the confines of the 17 Precinct," a police report states. "Upon arrival, police observed a 55-year-old male with multiple stab wounds to the torso. EMS also responded and transported the male to Bellevue Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased ... The investigation is ongoing."
Surveillance video was used to identify Glover, 57, who was arrested Wednesday night.
I cannot wait until more details come out about this. Did the level two sex offender do something perverse to antagonize this? If he did, then many people's outlook on the murder may be different. As of now, we only see that a celebrity allegedly murdered a homeless guy.
There's two sides to every story.
The other members of Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, who became the first hip-hop act to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007, have yet to comment on the arrest.
Mr. Glover, who grew up performing in hip-hop clubs in the Bronx, teamed up with fellow musician Grandmaster Flash in 1976, forming one of the first rap groups. The group released its first recorded songs in 1979 under the name Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five.
The group’s 1982 single “The Message” reached No. 62 on the Billboard Top 100, and Rolling Stone ranked it No. 52 among the greatest songs of all time
The legendary group was formed in the late 1970s in the Bronx.
They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007, the first rap act to be inducted into the hall. The group is widely considered to be one of the most influential groups of all time on the hip hop genre and subsequent culture.
Glover's website indicates he continues to occasionally perform and record music videos and Grandmaster Flash performs reunion shows.
According to Glover's Twitter page under his Kidd Creole nickname, he is scheduled to perform with the Furious Five in Philadelphia on August 20th, alongside Doug E. Fresh, Big Daddy Kane, Sugarhill Gang, Das Efx and Silk. The rapper retweeted the Furious Five's upcoming show information five days prior to his arrest, and it's unclear if he will still appear. After confessing to murder it is unlikely he will be attending the event, as that is dependent on bail and the attached stipulations. Given his current career as a security guard, he may have difficulty posting bail, should the presiding judge even grant it.
Rapper Jay-Z had this to say about Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five:
"Thirty years later rappers have become rock stars, movie stars, leaders, educators, philanthropists, even CEOs," he said, reading his induction speech from his Blackberry. "None of this would have been possible without the work of these men."
This story has shocked the hip-hop world and many will be keeping an eye on the situation as it unfolds.