Kidd Creole, one of the original members of '70s hip-hop group Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, has been arrested after reportedly stabbing a homeless man to death in New York City.
The 57-year-old former rap star, whose real name is Nathaniel Glover, was arrested and charged with murder on the night of Aug. 2. He is accused of killing John Jolly, 55, a homeless ex-con.
Police say Glover, who works near the crime scene as a security guard and handyman, was going into work shortly before midnight when he came across Jolly, who was reportedly drunk at the time.
"They had no prior relationship," a source told the New York Daily News. "They had words. Things got out of hand. It was some sort of diss."
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According to another source, Glover believed that Jolly was coming on to him.
"He turned, interpreting that the guy was making an advance toward him," the source explained. "One thing led to another, and he shivved him twice in the chest."
Assuming that Jolly had passed out, a group of tourists called 911.
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"There were six people there, all tourists, all trying to help him," witness Van Scott told the New York Daily News. "They thought he was overcome by the heat and then they saw he was stabbed. We just waited for the paramedics to come."
When paramedics arrived, they discovered that Jolly had multiple stab wounds to his torso. He was transported to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Police arrested Glover after identifying him through surveillance video. He is said to have confessed to the fatal stabbing during questioning.
"He gave some statements and he’s being charged," a source within the police department said.
Local residents were shocked to learn of the crime.
"Never happened before in this place, this area. It was surprising and scary, too," restaurant worker Abinash Shrestra told WCBS. "Because we work the whole nighttime so we never hear about these types of things."
Glover's neighbors said they are struggling to process the news.
"That is so sad, I’m really in shock right now," an elderly woman who lives downstairs from Glover told the New York Daily News. "He was the sweetest man I’ve ever met. Everybody liked him, I’m really about to cry."
According to the Daily Mail, the victim Jolly was a convicted sex offender who had been arrested at least 17 times. He was convicted of beating and raping a 42-year-old woman in 1997, a crime for which he served five years in prison. In 2008, he was sentenced to three years in prison on a weapons charge.