Police: Pop Smoke's social media led killers to L.A. home
Published Thursday, July 9, 2020 3:31PM EDT Last Updated Friday, July 10, 2020 1:58PM EDT
In this Feb. 19, 2020, aerial image taken from video provided by Fox11 News KTTV-TV shows the Hollywood Hills home, center, where New York rapper Pop Smoke, 20, was shot and killed early Feb. 19, in Los Angeles. Authorities in Los Angeles say three men and two juveniles have been arrested in connection with the February home-invasion death of the rising rapper. (Fox11 News KTTV-TV via AP, File)
LOS ANGELES -- Authorities believe rising rapper Pop Smoke was shot and killed during a Los Angeles home-invasion robbery in February after his social media posts led five suspects to the house he was renting.
Detectives arrested the group Thursday morning.
Los Angeles police had initially discounted a robbery theory in the days after the 20-year-old rapper's death February 19th at a home in the Hollywood Hills.
Pop Smoke's legal name is Bashar Barakah Jackson.
Captain Jonathan Tippet, who oversees the Los Angeles Police Department's elite Robbery-Homicide Division, said three men and two teenage boys likely went to the home because they knew Pop Smoke was there from social media posts.
They stole items from the home, though Tippet said he could not divulge what was taken.
The teens were 15 and 17 years old.
Tippet says they believe that it was a robbery and initially they didn't really have the evidence but then discovered some other evidence that showed this was likely a home invasion gone bad.
The five suspects were arrested yesterday morning as detectives served several search warrants in Los Angeles.
All are believed to be members of a South Los Angeles gang, which Tippet would not name, and at least some of them are believed to be linked to the 2019 homicide of an 18-year-old man when a fight escalated into a shooting outside the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.