https://www.theblaze.com/news/rapper-arrested-for-robbing-atm

A Texas rapper who made a music video about robbing ATMs was arrested with a crew that allegedly stole ATM cash in Tennessee earlier this week.

What are the details?

Ladesion Riley — a 30 year old from Houston — recently made a music video titled “Make It Home” in which he references robbing ATMs out of state, KRIV-TV reported. The lyrics describe having thousands of dollars in a vehicle, praying to avoid a chase, and making it home, the station said.

Image source: KRIV-TV video screenshot

It appears life has imitated art — well, almost.

Nashville Police said Riley was part of a four-member crew that carried out a plot to steal cash from an ATM there.

Ladesion RileyImage source: Nashville Police

Around 10:40 a.m. Monday police said two of the crew members approached an ATM technician from behind as he serviced a Bank of America machine at 645 Thompson Lane. They told the victim to not do anything stupid and hand over the money, police said.

What happened next?

Detectives determined that one of the getaway vehicles, a Hyundai Elantra, was a Hertz rental, police said. Using data Hertz provided, authorities found the Elantra and a maroon Jeep that accompanied it parked at the Motel 6 in Dickson later Monday, police said, adding that detectives saw what appeared to be cash being loaded into the Jeep.

When the drivers of both vehicles pulled out of the parking lot, law enforcement officials — including those from the Federal Bureau of Investigation — pulled the vehicles over and took the occupants into custody without incident, police said, adding that cash was recovered.

Image source: Nashville Police

Riley along with fellow Houston residents Darius Dugas, 27, Sashondre Dugas, 32, and Christopher Alton, 27, were being federally charged, police said, adding that the FBI is investigating if the crew has committed similar crimes elsewhere.

Left to right: Darius Dugas, Sashondre Dugas, Christopher AltonImage source: Nashville Police

‘How dumb is that?’

Riley’s rap alias appears to be “213 Jugg God.” KRIV said the alias in part could be related to the term “jugging,” which means the act of crooks following home unsuspecting victims from banks, malls, or restaurants to steal from them.

“If you’re going to rap about it, then turn around and be about it and get caught, that’s on you,” Douglas Griffith, president of the Houston Police Officers’ Union, told the station. “You shouldn’t do stupid crap, and you definitely shouldn’t violate the law and talk about it.”

Image source: KRIV-TV video screenshot

KRIV added that online criminal records indicate at least two of the suspects were out of jail on felony bonds and were arrested several other times.

“Convicted felons doing their music videos with guns,” Griffith added to the station. “How dumb is that? That right there is enough for them to get charged again.”

Griffith also told KRIV that Riley & Co. “want to glorify the fact that they’re criminals. That saddens me because we have all of these kids watching this, and they’re glorifying it, and these kids look up to them. It’s dumb. These guys are dumb. They deserve to be tossed into jail just for being dumb.”

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