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"By coincidence, [he] happened to be at the bank at the same time," Atlanta police tell PEOPLE

January 10, 2016 02:55 PM

Rapper Blac Youngsta and his entourage were briefly detained Friday afternoon outside an Atlanta bank in what police tell PEOPLE was a case of mistaken identity.

The group was stopped after Youngsta (né Sam Benson) withdrew $200,000 from a Wells Fargo location in Atlanta. Police say in a statement to PEOPLE that they were responding to a 911 call about a man attempting to cash a forged check for $24,000. The responding officers apparently mistook Youngsta for the suspect and handcuffed him.

“The description of the male provided was limited and conflicting,” Atlanta police Sgt. Warren Pickard said. “It was quickly discovered that the person providing the description to the police had provided the wrong description of the suspect.”

Benson and his group were quickly released, Pickard said.

Youngsta told WXIA that the officers drew guns on him.

“I come out the bank, I see the police, I’m walking to my car,” he said. “I see one of them point to my bag like ‘him.’ They come bum-rushing me at the car, put me on the ground, putting guns to my head.”

In a social media post afterward, Youngsta shared a photo of himself being cuffed and lying on the ground next to an officer.


Benson told WXIA the cash he withdrew was for a new car.

“I’m finnin’ to go buy a vehicle. They got that new Mercedes out, you know, like the Maybach,” the Memphis-based rapper told the station. But after the run-in with police, he said he having second thoughts.

“They just really made me so mad, I don’t even want one – I might go buy a Ferrari now. I feel fast, you know,” he said.

Benson told WXIA that police at the scene took $100,000 from him, but the cops tell PEOPLE that the “officers on the scene did not take custody of any of Mr. Benson’s currency.”

Police did apologize to him, Benson told WXIA, and Pickard said the actual suspect in this case, Charles Darnell Edward, was identified and arrested at the scene.

Edward was charged with first-degree forgery, a felony, Pickard said in the statement.

Pickard reiterated in his statement that the case did not involve Benson, a member of Yo Gotti’s CMG music group, nor was he accused of committing any crimes.

“By coincidence, [he] happened to be at the bank at the same time,” Pickard said.

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