Father and Teenage Son Are Charged in Killing of Rapper PnB Rock
A man and his teenage son have been charged with murder in connection with the fatal shooting of the rapper PnB Rock at a restaurant in Los Angeles on Sept. 12, the authorities said on Thursday.
The father, Freddie Lee Trone, 40, who was arrested in Las Vegas on Thursday, and his 17-year-old son, who was arrested in Lawndale, Calif., on Tuesday, was each charged with one count of murder, two counts of second-degree robbery and one count of conspiracy to commit robbery, the authorities said.
Mr. Trone’s wife, Shauntel Trone, 32, was arrested in Gardena, Calif., on Tuesday and charged with one count of being an accessory after the fact to the killing, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. It was not immediately clear if they had lawyers. (The 17-year-old, who was not identified because he is a Ms. Trone’s stepson, is a juvenile-old for the district attorney’s office said.)
Their arrests came weeks after PnB Rock, a 30-year-old Philadelphia rapper whose legal name was Rakim Allen, was shot while having lunch with his girlfriend at Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles in South Los Angeles, in an attack that shocked his fans and the music industry.
“The murder of Mr. Allen dimmed a bright light in the lives of his fans, friends and most importantly his family,” George Gascón, the district attorney in Los Angeles County, said in a statement. “The accused individuals’ alleged actions in this case were heartless and cruel and robbed the world of Mr. Allen’s talents.”
On Sept. 12, PnB Rock, was having a meal with his partner when a man entered the restaurant at about 1 pm and demanded that he hand over his jewelry, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement. Then, the man shot Mr. Allen and “removed some of his property,” the police said.
The man also demanded property from PnB Rock’s girlfriend before fleeing the restaurant and getting inside “an awaiting vehicle,” the police said.
The authorities have not said who shot Mr. Allen, or who was driving the awaiting vehicle.
The police have said that an Instagram post that tagged PnB Rock and showed him inside the restaurant might have helped tip the assailants to his presence.
Chief Michel Moore of the Los Angeles Police Department said earlier this month that PnB Rock was shot and killed because of the valuables that he had with him.
The Los Angeles Police Department had said on Wednesday that officers were searching for Mr. Trone, who was considered “armed and dangerous” at the time.
A number of robberies targeting actors, musicians and athletes have occurred in recent years. Bashar Jackson, who performed as Pop Smoke, was killed in a home invasion in early 2020. Fans noted that the day before he was shot, he had posted photos on Instagram showing a stack of cash and a gift bag label with his Los Angeles address .
A little more than a week before PnB Rock was killed, he spoke about being targeted in Los Angeles and recalled a situation in which he was followed. “Where I’m from, we like sneaky criminals,” he said in a YouTube interview with DJ Akademiks. “In LA, it’s like they bold.”
Atlantic Records, his label, described his death as a “senseless loss.” PnB Rock, who was known for his melodic style, was part of a wave of rappers whose popularity and unique sound was partly built on their ability to effortlessly switch between singing and rapping.
Atlantic Records said that PnB Rock had been “more than an artist.”
“To many,” the company said, “Rakim Allen was a great friend. He was also a wonderful father to two beautiful little girls.”