Instagram Selfie-Incrimination: Fetty Wap; Crew in Shootout; Jewelry Thief Arrested

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Image via Instagram (@fettywap1738)

Fetty Wap and his entourage were involved in a shootout early Sunday morning in his hometown of Paterson, New Jersey. The shooting happened outside an all-night deli after a dispute between Fetty’s crew and another group spilled into the streets. Three people were shot but none of them had life-threatening injuries. During the scuffle, Fetty Wap’s 1738 chain was also stolen, and that’s what lead police to their suspect.

Raheem Thomas (Passaic County Sheriff’s Office)

Local hip-hop artist Raheem Thomas aka “Fuzz” was arrested Monday morning by Paterson Police Emergency Response Team, per NJ.com. Thomas made the unfortunate and somewhat idiotic mistake of posting a picture on his Instagram account wearing Fetty Wap’s 1738 chain.

In a video released by TMZ, Thomas can be seen in his distinct red blazer, red hat and white pants brandishing a firearm inside of the deli while Fetty and his crew scramble out into the streets.

According to city police Director Jerry Speziale,

“(The shooting) appears to have started inside the deli when a group that included Willie Maxwell (Fetty Wap) became involved in a heated altercation with another group that entered the deli a short time after Maxwell’s arrival,” Speziale said in a statement.

However, according to NJ.com, the police have no idea what the dispute was about or who started it, but the two groups have allegedly had beef for quite some time. Police also say they are not sure if anybody else will be charged. Thomas’s crew recently put out a music video dissing Fetty Wap.

Thomas was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, and three weapons possession offenses, police told NJ.com. Prior to Thomas’ arrest, he proclaimed his innocence on his Twitter account.

In New Jersey, one commits aggravated assault if:

  • The assault was against an officer, security guard, fireman, or any public official including judges, teachers, certain employees, etc.
  • The assault was against a family member
  • There was serious bodily injury to the victim
  • A deadly weapon was used in the assault
  • You threaten someone with a gun or point it at someone
  • The assault occurred while eluding or attempting to elude an officer or while resisting arrest

Aggravated assault in New Jersey can be charged as a second-degree, a third-degree and a fourth-degree offense depending upon the severity of the crime. Since Thomas shot and caused harm it is probable that he committed second-degree aggravated assault. Second-degree aggravated assault is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $150,000. Other penalties include — Loss of the right to own or possess a firearm or weapon, mandatory anger management classes, parole, probation and electronic monitoring, as well as restitution to the victim.

“The investigation is continuing, and no additional information will be released at this time,” Speziale said.

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