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Rapper Gunplay was given a $150,000 bond and house arrest on Monday in connection to the robbery of man at Miami tax business, his attorney said.
“The state did not prove that Mr. Morales was a flight risk or a threat to the community,” said his attorney Michael Grieco in an email statement. “He should be home with his family shortly. This is first step in clearing his name so he can continue his emerging music career.”
An arrest warrant said the 33-year-old rapper, whose real name is Richard Morales, and codefendant Randy Jones robbed a man at a Miami tax business on April 13.
Morales faces charges of second charge of aggravated assault with a firearm and armed robbery with a firearm, online records show.
A telephone message left at Jones’ attorney’s office wasn’t immediately returned.
They stole a gold chain and cell phone, with Morales striking the victim several times in the head, and later threatening the man with his handgun, causing him to run for his life, the warrant said.
The warrant was filed May 18. Grieco has said that after they found out about it, he brought Morales down from Georgia.
Police said that on April 13 Turron Woodside, an employee of The Tax Place at 14628 NW 7th Avenue, let Jones, who he knew, into the business. Jones, 26, then opened the door and Morales, who was hiding outside, came in with a handgun and demanded Woodside’s gold chain on his desk, the warrant said.
Woodside handed the chain to Jones, and Morales snatched a phone from the desk, authorities said. Jones gave the chain to the rapper as they left the business and drove away in a black Chevy Suburban with tinted windows, according to the warrant.
When Morales returned, Woodside was standing in front of the business, and Morales pointed his gun at him as he yelled obscenities, the warrant said. Woodside ran inside as Morales fled the scene, it added.
The victim said he has known Morales and Jones for over five years. Both defendants lived in Pembroke Pines at some point, the warrant said.
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