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Press Release | NO. 2004-037

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Press Release # 037
Wednesday, April 14, 2004

New York City Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, David N. Kelley, The United States Attorney For The Southern District Of New York And Pasquale D'amuro, The Assistant Director Of The New York Office Of The Fbi Announce The Arrest Of Rapper Lil' Kim

New York City Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, David N. Kelley, the United States Attorney for the Southern District and Pasquale D'Amuro, the Assistant Director of the New York Office of the FBI, today announced the arrest of Kimberly Jones, also known as the rapper Lil' Kim. Ms. Jones is charged with perjury, providing false information, obstructing a grand jury and conspiracy to commit a crime. All the charges stem from a shooting on February 25, 2001 that occurred in front of the building housing Hot 97 radio station which was investigated by members of the New York City Police Department's Gang Division under the direction of Inspector William Tartaglia.

Ms. Jones and two associates turned themselves in to authorities this morning accompanied by their lawyers. Monique Dopwell, who is Ms. Jones's personal assistant, was arrested on the same charges as her employer. Ailsa Weston, an executive from Ms. Jones's record label, Queen Bee Records, surrendered on charges not directly related to the shooting in Greenwich Village.

Two other associates of Ms. Jones are being charged today in relation to this case. Damion Butler and Suif Jackson are both currently in federal custody on different charges. These two men were charged today with a range of crimes including conspiracy to commit a crime, felon in possession of a weapon, felon in possession of ammunition and moving a gun across state lines. Jackson was also charged with possession of a machine gun.

Commissioner Kelly said, "Violent individuals who attach themselves to the music industry represent a danger to the public-at-large. These criminals and their enablers won't be tolerated. The officers working this case should be congratulated for their tenacity. They did not let up until arrests were made."

The February 2001 shooting was part of an ongoing feud between two rap groups, Junior M.A.F.I.A. and Murder Unit. Ms. Jones is an associate of the Junior M.A.F.I.A. Rival rap artist Foxy Brown is known to have connections to Murder Unit. The two rappers exchanged insults in their songs including "Hot Damn Hoe, Here We Go Again" by Lil' Kim and "Bang, Bang" by Capone-N-Noreaga with Foxy Brown.

On February 25, 2001, the two factions met outside of 395 Hudson Street where Hot 97 FM radio station is located. An altercation between the two groups began and escalated to an exchange of gun fire. One alleged member of Murder Unit, Efrain Ocasio, was shot and wounded. He was treated at St. Vincent's Hospital and released.

According to the NYPD investigation team led by Lt. Keith Loughran and Sgt. Kevin Mulqueen working with lead Case Detective John Keeley, the investigation stemmed from an act of violence, but transformed into a detailed analysis of witnesses who were determined to deny any participation or knowledge regarding the event.

Since the shooting, Ms. Jones, who grew up in Brooklyn and currently resides in New Jersey, has maintained that it was unrelated to her and she had no knowledge why it occurred or who was involved. However, the investigation showed that Ms. Jones was at the scene and the shooter fled in her limousine. This was further corroborated by the discovery of a surveillance video.

Ms. Jones, Ms. Dopwell and Ms. Weston were processed this morning and are expected to be released on bail this afternoon. The investigation is ongoing.

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