Rapper “Blac Youngsta,” (birth name Sam Benson) was handcuffed in the parking lot of a Wells Fargo Bank, on Peachtree Road NE, in Atlanta, Georgia, on Friday afternoon. His entire entourage was also detained. Black Youngsta had drawn $200,000 of his own money out of the bank.
Blac Youngsta said he was coming out of the bank, and soon afterwards he was swarmed by police, noted the Atlanta-Journal Constitution. He said, “I come out the bank, I see the police, I’m walking to my car, I see one of them point to my bag like ‘him.’ They come bumrushing me at the car, put me on the ground, put guns to my head. I said, ‘What I do?’ “
After the experience, Blac Youngsta posted a picture of himself being handcuffed on Facebook, with the caption, “Look at how they treat a young rich n***a.”
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Atlanta police confirmed that Benson and friends were detained “briefly” due to a misunderstanding, added the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
A manager from the Wells Fargo bank called 911, reporting a man who tried to cash a $24,000 forged check. Sgt. Warren Pickard said the caller’s description of the man was confusing, but information about the alleged suspect’s car was given to law enforcement. Benson’s car met the description.
“It was quickly discovered that the person providing the description to police had provided the wrong description of the suspect. It was determined that the occupants of the vehicle were not involved. They were immediately released.”
Pickard added, “This incident did not directly involve Blac Youngsta, nor was he accused of committing a crime.”
Later, the same bank witness identified Charles Darnell Edward as the check forging suspect. He was then arrested and charged with forgery.
Black Younsta said that because he’s a millionaire, $200,000 is not a large amount of money. When an 11 Alive reporter asked why the performer made a mega withdrawal, he said his plan was to buy a new car.
“I was fixin’ to go buy me a vehicle. They got the new Mercedes Benz out, you know, like the Maybach. I was fixin’ to get one. I was ’bout to go buy one cash. But they just really made me so mad, I don’t even want one. I might go buy a Ferrari now… I feel fast.”
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The rapper also said that when the police detained him, they took $100,000 to process as evidence. He also shared that the police apologized for the incident, and the money has since been returned.
Blac Youngsta said his dream had always been to go into car dealership and pay cash for a vehicle. He said there is no need for checks and paying cash for a car makes it no less a “legit” (legitimate) transaction.
As he fanned through the $100,000 then in his possession, he said “Where I come from, we don’t believe in taking checks to the car lot. We take cash money. This the check. This the check right here.” He went on to say that carrying $100,000 in cash is not unusual for him, and he might spend that much in a strip club.
Blac Youngsta came to fame in 2014 for the hit song, “Heavy.” He got his start in his hometown, Memphis, Tennessee, where he was known as a rapper and organizer of popular block parties. He started organizing the parties in 2011 in honor of a slain neighbor.
One year later, Blac Youngsta released his first mixtape, following up with a second the next year. In 2015, he was signed to the Collective Music Group, a label founded by Yo Gotti.
[Photo via Blac Youngsta/Facebook]