Memphis rapper was briefly detained by police in Atlanta
Police say it was a case of mistaken identity
It was ‘“mo’ money, mo’ problems” for Memphis-based rapper Blac Youngsta on Friday.
A case of mistaken identity led to the rapper being briefly detained outside an Atlanta bank.
On Friday, Atlanta police received a call that a man was cashing a forged check at a Wells Fargo bank. Coincidentally, rapper Sam Benson, who goes by Blac Youngsta, was outside the bank, where he says he was withdrawing money. Wells Fargo disputes that.
“He did not enter our store nor did he make any withdrawals,” said Crystal Drake, Wells Fargo spokesperson.
When police arrived, they detained 25-year-old Blac Youngsta and everyone inside his vehicle. His manager snapped a photo of the rapper on the ground as police handcuffed him.
“It was quickly discovered that the person providing the description to police had provided the wrong description of the suspect,” said Atlanta police spokeswoman Officer Kim Jones.
The rapper and his entourage were released at the scene. Blac Youngsta took to social media, saying the police stopped him because he was “young and black.”
“I went and got too much money out,” the rapper said in a video posted on Instagram. “They said they thought I was robbing the bank.”
Blac Youngsta is signed to Collective Music Group and his latest hit, “Heavy,” features Yo Gotti.
Police arrested and charged another man at the scene with forgery in the first degree.
“This incident did not directly involve Blac Youngsta, nor was he accused of committing a crime,” Jones said.
CNN’s Carma Hassan contributed to this report.