Los Angeles police confirmed on Wednesday that a teenager and a woman have been arrested in connection with the slaying of rapper PnB Rock.
He was shot dead two weeks ago at Roscoe’s House of Chicken & Waffles in South L.A. Police are searching for the boy’s father, described as armed and dangerous.
A federal task force arrested two people Tuesday in Rock’s killing, according to LAPD Capt. Kelly Muniz. Lawndale police arrested a minor on suspicion of murder, and Shauntel Trone, 38, was arrested on suspicion of accessory to murder. There is still a third suspect at large, Freddie Lee Trone, 40, according to her.
In Gardena, Shauntel Trone was arrested and booked into the 77th Street community station jail shortly before 8 p.m. according to arrest records. Culver City police arrested her four days after the rapper’s fatal shooting on a misdemeanor charge, jail booking records show.
Investigators released Freddie Trone’s photograph Wednesday in an effort to locate and arrest him. Trone is suspected of killing the rapper during a violent robbery at the Manchester Avenue eatery on Sept. 12.
Chief Michel Moore of the LAPD said a gunman opened fire at Roscoe’s after demanding jewelry and other valuables.
The shooting occurred soon after the rapper was tagged online as being at the restaurant, and police are investigating whether that prompted the attack. There are few crimes linked to social media, according to the police. However, Moore is concerned about high-end jewelry robberies using social media to target victims.
According to sources not authorized to discuss the investigation, Trone and his son were in the Roscoe’s parking lot before social media posts related to Rock’s presence there were made public.
He was at the restaurant with his girlfriend, whose Instagram post was tagged with a location. A discussion about the dangers of celebrities using social media to share their locations and luxury possessions in real time has resurfaced after the shooting.
A popular eatery was the scene of violence, which has angered fans as well as community activists.
“I want the community to heal. Material items like an expensive watch are not more valuable than lives,” said Skipp Townsend, who has been intervening with gangs for decades in Los Angeles.
“The gunman could have killed so many people during lunch”, he said.
“This happened while he was actually dining, and that is truly tragic,” Townsend said. “Arrests don’t stop the violence. Arrests don’t bring closure to families. We need to do a long-term strategy that prevents someone from considering such acts.”
Trone was on probation after being convicted of felon in possession of a firearm in February 2021 when Rock was killed. After serving 43 days of community service and two days in jail, Trone received a three-year suspended sentence. Originally, he was arrested with a firearm and ammunition on Aug. 12, 2020.
According to court records, he was accused of violating probation in August last year, but remained free. A felon in possession of a firearm was charged with three felonies, but prosecutors dropped the illegal possession of a firearm in public and ammunition charges.
His 2012 attack resulted in a four-year prison sentence in August 2013, according to court records.
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- Seeking the Public’s Assistance in Locating Suspect Wanted for Murder NR22277ml – LAPD Online Los Angeles Police Department
- Suspect identified in murder of rapper PNB Rock CBS Los Angeles
- 17-Year-Old Arrested for PnB Rock’s Murder, Father of Shooter Wanted by Cops TMZ
- Minor among 2 arrested in slaying of rapper PnB Rock; 3rd suspect sought KTLA Los Angeles
- Teen, woman in custody in PnB Rock’s slaying; father sought Los Angeles Times