A man bearing the name of one of rap’s most iconic artists was arrested last weekend by Tennessee police on several charges, including simple possession of methamphetamine.
Tupac Amaru Shakur was arrested by Johnson City Police Department officers on Oct. 19, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by Oxygen.com. Shakur, 40, was booked and charged for possession of methamphetamine, as well as drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest and aggravated assault in connection with the alleged incident.
But, other than his name, Shakur, who has blond hair, blue eyes — and what appears to be the number 13 and Star of David tattooed on his neck — doesn’t appear to share any connection, relation, or physical similarities to the late rapper-actor, who was fatally shot in 1996. The two men, however, even share the same middle name, Amaru.
“He looks nothing like him,” Ann Marie French, a spokeswoman for Johnson City Police Department told Oxygen.com.
French declined to comment further.
Police responded to a Johnson City address on Saturday, following reports that Shakur was there. He was wanted on warrants from the Carter County Sheriff’s Department for violating probation. Upon arrival, authorities saw Shakur leaving in a white Pontiac Grand Am. Police said they followed the vehicle to a nearby gas station where they confronted the 40-year-old. Shakur, they said was sitting in the passenger seat. When police tried to arrest him, he yanked away, allegedly reached for his waistband — and a blade.
“‘You’re gonna have to f---ing kill me,’” Shakur allegedly police, before charging at them with a knife, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by Oxygen.com.
Police managed to subdue the man without incident.
“I held him down and felt a knife in his hand as I held him down,” Brady Higgins, the arresting police officer wrote in the incident report.
But Shakur allegedly continued to berate the police officer.
“Shakur continued to state that I was gonna have to kill him and that I was 'a bitch' for not killing him,” the arrest affidavit also stated.
Police allegedly found a loaded syringe in Shakur's front right pocket and a “small baggie of crystal rock substance” in his left pocket. A police dog later unearthed more narcotics in the Pontiac Shakur had arrived in. Investigators seized “two separate baggies of crystal rock substance” from underneath the passenger side seat the Tennessee man was supposedly sitting in. Police also discovered a black bag containing multiple syringes in the car’s glove box, the arrest affidavit also stated. Shakur, officials said, admitted the paraphernalia was his.
Johnson City, a small city of roughly 70,000 people, in northern Tennessee just south of the Virginia border.
Shakur — the musician — was fatally shot in a BMW while sitting alongside then Death Row label head Suge Knight at a Las Vegas intersection on Sept. 7, 1996. The shooting followed a blockbuster boxing match featuring the singer’s pal and former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson at MGM Grand Casino. Moments before the shooting and pulling onto the Las Vegas strip with Knight, Shakur and his entourage had engaged in a tussle with an alleged Crips gang member in the casino’s lobby. His murder remains unsolved.
If the Thug Life rapper was alive today, he’d be 48.
Meanwhile, Shakur — the accused methamphetamine user in Tennessee — was arraigned on Monday. He’s expected back in court on Oct. 31 in Washington County General Sessions court. He’s applied for a public defender. Shakur is being held on an $18,000 bond at a Washington County jail.
Police said the man is from Elizabethton, Tennessee, about 10 miles northeast of Johnson City, where he was arrested.
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