The story of the detaining of rapper Blac Youngsta took the Internet by storm yesterday, as it was revealed that he was held by Atlanta police after making a $200,000 withdrawal from a local Wells Fargo branch. Now, after garnering criticism for the incident, the city’s police department has issued a statement, calling the debacle a “misunderstanding,” the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
According to Sgt. Warren Pickard, a 911 call was placed to police to report a man’s attempt to cash a forged check worth $24,000. Authorities claim they were given a “limited and conflicting” description of the suspect and his vehicle, leading to their approach of Youngsta and his entourage. Pickard wrote in his email to the AJC that the rapper was only held “briefly,” and that they were released once it was concluded that they were not involved in the complaint.
“It was quickly discovered that the person providing the description to police had provided the wrong description of the suspect,” Pickard wrote. “It was determined that the occupants of the vehicle were not involved. They were immediately released.”
Pickard stated that the real suspect, 39-year-old Charles Darnell, was arrested and charged with first degree forgery after Youngsta was set free.
“This incident did not directly involved Blac Youngsta, nor was he accused of committing a crime,” he said.