Jailed rap­per shut­tled into state

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS - LINDA SATTER

A Mem­phis rap­per whose per­for­mance at a down­town Lit­tle Rock night­club ended in gun­fire early July 1 was booked into the St. Fran­cis County jail Fri­day on charges re­lated to a sep­a­rate shoot­ing about a week ear­lier.

The gun­fire that broke out July 1 in­side the now­closed Power Ul­tra Lounge at 220 W. Sixth St. in down­town Lit­tle Rock left 28 peo­ple in­jured and made na­tional news.

Rap­per Ricky Hamp­ton, who per­forms un­der the name Fi­nese 2Tymes,

was ar­rested the next day in Alabama on Arkansas war­rants stem­ming from a June 25 shoot­ing out­side Club Envy in For­rest City.

In ad­di­tion to fac­ing state charges in­clud­ing ag­gra­vated as­sault and first-de­gree bat­tery, Hamp­ton is fac­ing a fed­eral charge of be­ing a felon in pos­ses­sion of a firearm in the For­rest City shoot­ing. He is to be ar­raigned Tues­day in fed­eral court in Lit­tle Rock.

Ac­cord­ing to an af­fi­davit filed in sup­port of the fed­eral crim­i­nal com­plaint by a task force of­fi­cer with the Bureau of Al­co­hol, To­bacco, Firearms and Ex­plo­sives, wit­nesses said the 25-year-old rap­per be­came an­gry as he was leav­ing the For­rest City club June 25 and be­gan scream­ing pro­fan­i­ties at a woman whose car blocked his exit.

The of­fi­cer wrote Quay­dria Thomas tried to back up but wasn’t mov­ing quickly enough to sat­isfy Hamp­ton, and he fired a shot from an AK- 47- style ri­fle as she tried to pull away, shat­ter­ing the car’s rear win­dow and wound­ing the woman in the neck.

Thomas drove her­self to a For­rest City hospi­tal and was treated for the gun­shot wound, au­thor­i­ties said.

The next week­end, on July 1, Hamp­ton was per­form­ing at Power Ul­tra Lounge when gun­fire broke out. Bul­lets struck 25 peo­ple, and an­other three were in­jured try­ing to flee, po­lice have said.

Lit­tle Rock po­lice have made no ar­rests in the Power Ul­tra Lounge shoot­ing but have named Hamp­ton as a “per­son of in­ter­est” in the case. He isn’t fac­ing any charges tied to the Lit­tle Rock shoot­ing.

On July 2, fed­eral of­fi­cers in Birm­ing­ham, Ala., where Hamp­ton was per­form­ing at an­other rap show, ar­rested him on war­rants stem­ming from the For­rest City shoot­ing.

Af­ter Hamp­ton’s ar­rest, agents re­ported find­ing a Cen­tury Arms, model RAS-47, 7.62-cal­iber ri­fle in a Mercedes Benz in which Hamp­ton had been rid­ing. Hamp­ton told ATF agents that the gun was the same one he had out­side Club Envy when Thomas was shot.

A fed­eral crim­i­nal com­plaint filed July 3 al­lowed fed­eral mar­shals to hold Hamp­ton un­til the next reg­u­lar meet­ing of a fed­eral grand jury. A grand jury in the East­ern Dis­trict of Arkansas in­dicted him July 6 on the fed­eral firearm charge.

On Fri­day, a fed­eral judge signed a writ or­der­ing the

U.S. Mar­shal’s Ser­vice and the St. Fran­cis County jail to en­sure his ap­pear­ance at 2 p. m. Tues­day in the Lit­tle Rock court­room of U.S. Mag­is­trate Judge Jerome Kear­ney.

He was re­moved from his Alabama cell about 2:30 a.m. Fri­day and was booked into the St. Fran­cis County jail some­time be­fore 12: 45 p.m., au­thor­i­ties said.

Hamp­ton’s fed­eral in­dict­ment notes that he was con­victed in 2010 in Shelby County, Tenn., on two sep­a­rate ag­gra­vated rob­bery charges, which bar him from pos­sess­ing a gun.

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