‘Tear Drop’ charged with $1.1M rob­bery

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So­cial me­dia singer ‘Tear Drop’ yes­ter­day broke down in tears in the Ge­orge­town Mag­is­trate’s Court when he was ar­raigned on a rob­bery charge in which he is ac­cused of steal­ing over $1.1 mil­lion.

`Tear Drop’, whose real name is Leon Clarke, 23, a hospi­tal at­ten­dant of 64 West La Pen­i­tence, ap­peared be­fore Mag­is­trate Fabayo Azore and pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Ac­cord­ing to the charge, on Septem­ber 8, Clarke along with oth­ers robbed Vin­cent Howard of East La Pen­i­tence Boule­vard of $980,000 cash, GTT phone cards val­ued at $75,000, Dig­i­cel phone cards val­ued at $50,000, and $80,000 worth of scratch tick­ets; a grand to­tal of $1,185,000.

He was granted bail in the sum of $75,000 af­ter no ob­jec­tion from the po­lice pros­e­cu­tor.

Af­ter the charge was read Clarke broke down in court, and when the Mag­is­trate en­quired of the rea­son, he said that he had been falsely ac­cused and his rep­u­ta­tion would be tar­nished.

Clarke ex­plained to the Mag­is­trate that he is well known on “smart phones, and [on] so­cial me­dia I have thou­sands of fol­low­ers.”

`Tear Drop’ told the Mag­is­trate that he uses his im­age to in­flu­ence youths to in­spire and en­gage in pos­i­tive ac­tiv­i­ties. “I work at the Ge­orge­town Hospi­tal your hon­our, I don’t get my­self in­volved in th­ese things. When peo­ple sick and come to the hospi­tal I would be the one to bring a stretcher and take them into the hospi­tal. I don’t thief,” he said in tears.

Clarke added that when he heard the po­lice were look­ing for him he will­ingly went to the sta­tion and the shop owner’s daugh­ter pointed him out to the po­lice as one of the per­sons who had com­mit­ted the rob­bery.

Mean­while, his at­tor­ney Keoma Grif­fith told the court that his client is well known on the so­cial me­dia plat­form and uses his tal­ent to in­spire per­sons to fol­low their dreams. He asked the court for rea­son­able bail and if any con­di­tion should be at­tached to the bail, it should be fort­nightly since his client works.

Clarke was told to re­turn to court on Oc­to­ber 11th.

Leon Clarke

Leon Clarke

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