Police: Pop Smoke’s social media led killers to LA dwelling

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities consider rising rapper Pop Smoke was shot and killed throughout a Los Angeles home-invasion theft in February after his social media posts led 5 suspects to the home he was renting, police mentioned after detectives arrested the group Thursday morning.

Los Angeles police had initially discounted a theft concept within the days after the 20-year-old rapper’s dying Feb. 19 at a house within the Hollywood Hills. Pop Smoke’s authorized title is Bashar Barakah Jackson.


Capt. Jonathan Tippet, who oversees the Los Angeles Police Division’s elite Theft-Murder Division, mentioned three males and two teenage boys probably went to the house as a result of they knew Pop Smoke was there from social media posts. They stole objects from the house, although Tippet mentioned he couldn’t expose what was taken. The teenagers had been 15 and 17 years outdated.

“We consider that it was a theft. Initially we didn’t actually have the proof however then we found another proof that confirmed this was probably a house invasion gone dangerous,” Tippet advised The Related Press on Thursday.MORE ENTERTAINMENT STORIES:

The 5 suspects had been arrested Thursday morning as detectives served a number of search warrants in Los Angeles. All are believed to be members of a South Los Angeles gang, which Tippet wouldn’t title, and no less than a few of them are believed to be linked to the 2019 murder of an 18-year-old man when a battle escalated right into a capturing exterior the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.


The three males had been recognized as Jaquan Murphy, 21, Corey Walker, 19, and Keandre D. Rodgers, 18, all of Los Angeles.

Walker and Rodgers had been arrested on suspicion of homicide and Murphy was held on suspicion of tried homicide, police mentioned.

The lads had been being held in lieu of $1 million bail apiece.


The 15-year-old and the 17-year-old additionally had been booked on suspicion of homicide.

It wasn’t instantly identified whether or not any of these arrested had attorneys.

Pop Smoke and his entourage staying on the dwelling are usually not believed to be related to the gang, Tippet mentioned. Nobody else was shot through the incident.


The Los Angeles Times reported in February that the rapper had posted footage of him posing by an infinity pool within the dwelling’s yard, in addition to an image of the Los Angeles skyline from what was probably the home’s yard. In one other publish, Pop Smoke or a member of his entourage put an image of a present bag tagged with the Hollywood Hills handle and a distinct photograph confirmed him posing by a Ranger Rover in a spot the place the house’s handle was partly seen within the background.

“It’s our perception that (the home-invasion theft) was based mostly on a few of the social media” posts, Tippet mentioned. “It’s based mostly on the truth that he was posting his info might have contributed to him realizing the place to seek out him.”

The house the place the capturing occurred is owned by Edwin Arroyave and his spouse Teddi Mellencamp, daughter of Rock & Roll Corridor-of-Famer John Mellencamp and a star of “The Actual Housewives of Beverly Hills.”Full Protection: Entertainment


Teddi Mellencamp beforehand mentioned on Instagram that the couple had been notified of the capturing at their rental property however knew not more than what they’d seen in media reviews.

Pop Smoke arrived on the rap scene in 2018 and broke out with “Welcome to the Occasion” a gangsta anthem with boasts about shootings, killings and medicines that turned an enormous sensation, and prompted Nicki Minaj to drop a verse on a remix.

Earlier this 12 months, Pop Smoke launched the mixtape “Meet the Woo 2,” which debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard High 200 albums chart. It was the comply with as much as his first official launch, “Meet the Woo.” The rapper additionally had the favored hit “Gatti” with Travis Scott and Jackboys and “Dior.”


His main label debut album, “Shoot for the Stars Intention for the Moon,” was govt produced by 50 Cent. It was launched posthumously final Friday to largely constructive evaluations and options appearances from in style artists together with Future, DaBaby and Quavo.