Tekashi 6ix9ine: 3 suspects arrested after rapper was brutally assaulted at South Florida gym

Tekashi 6ix9ine: 3 suspects arrested after rapper was brutally assaulted at South Florida gym
Tekashi 6ix9ine's assaulters arrested (Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for Power 105.1)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: It has been reported by the authorities that three people were taken into custody, on Thursday, March 30, following an assault on rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine in a South Florida gym last week.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said in a statement on Thursday night that Rafael Medina Jr, 43, Octavious Medina, 23, and Anthony Maldonado, 25, were arrested and were being booked. They are accused of assaulting and robbing the 'Gooba' hitmaker, who is a rapper known for his aggressive style of rapping and tattoos. According to jail records, Rafael Medina and Maldonado were being held on assault and robbery charges. Octavius Medina's records were not available, reports TMZ.


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What happened in the gym?

The men may have planned to attack the rapper, according to gym surveillance footage obtained by TMZ, as one is seen letting the other into the facility just before the beating. In the video, one man is seen inside the gym talking on his phone before approaching a door and allowing another man into the LA Fitness in South Florida.


The miscreants approached the front desk employee, with whom they briefly converse before proceeding directly to the toilet where the brutal attack occurred. Later footage showed the rapper, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, was covered in blood owing to his seven injuries.

What is the reason behind the attack?

Tekashi 6ix9ine’s dalliance with lawlessness and multiple trafficking including drugs and racketeering in the early years of his life landed him in court in 2018-19. He was proven guilty of the charges and was sentenced to 47 years of conviction. However, the number of years of imprisonment got reduced to just two years as he cooperated with the police to catch notorious gang leaders. He was subjected to five years of supervised release, according to the sentence handed down by US District Court Judge Paul Engelmayer in New York.


The charges connected him to the 'Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods', a gang founded by prisoners on Rikers Island, a notorious New York City jail. In sentencing Tekashi 6ix9ine, Engelmayer quoted Bruce Springsteen's song "Murder Incorporated”. "Bruce Springsteen sang about 'Murder Incorporated,' you essentially joined Murder Incorporated," the judge said, as reported by NBC News.

His testimony helped convict gang leaders Anthony “Harv” Ellison and Aljermiah “Nuke” Mack in October 2019 on racketeering conspiracy connected to their alleged gang activity. Thus, the attack on the 'Stoopid' rapper cannot be ruled out because of the testimonies he gave in court. No official release on the alleged connection has been published yet.

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