3 people arrested in alleged Tekashi 6ix9ine gym attack, robbery – National

Three people were arrested on suspicion of assaulting and robbing rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine at a gym in South Florida last week, the local sheriff’s office said Thursday.

Rafael Medina Jr., 43, Octavious Medina, 23, and Anthony Maldonado, 25, were taken into police custody on Thursday. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that the three suspects were “discovered, arrested, and are currently being booked/handled at the Palm Beach County Jail.”

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Prison records show the suspects are all being held on felony battery and robbery pretrial charges.

Tekashi 6ix9ine, whose real name is Danielle Hernandez, was allegedly attacked without warning Inside the sauna at the LA Fitness on March 21st. (Editor’s Note: The link above contains violent footage.)

One person filmed the attack on Hernandez, 26, lying on the ground and covering his face as 26 men kicked him. In the video, one of his attackers pulls Hernandez’s hair and says, “Take a picture. I want to be famous now.”

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Hernandez was taken to hospital. His lawyer said he “cut his face and bruises. TMZ reported that the rapper also suffered injuries to his jaw, ribs and back.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said all three attackers are scheduled to appear in court for the first time on Friday morning.

Suspects Rafael Medina Jr., Octavius ​​Medina, and Anthony Maldonado were arrested on March 30, 2023 on suspicion of assault and robbery of rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine.

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office

In April 2020, Hernandez was released from federal prison and served a two-year sentence on charges including racketeering, drug trafficking, and gun crimes.

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He was given a shorter prison sentence after cooperating with federal authorities and providing the names of his associates. He took leniency from charges that could carry him to a minimum of 37 years in prison.

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The deal led to Hernandez being dubbed “The Rat” by the likes of rappers Meek Mill and Snoop Dogg.

It’s unclear if a plea bargain motivated last week’s attacks against Hernandez.

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