With the police naming him as the main suspect in the murder of Atlanta rapper Slim Dunkin, Vinson Hardimon, a.k.a Young Vito, turned himself in to authorities on Monday.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution the 28-year-old local rapper and his attorney Derrick Wright walked into Atlanta Police headquarters in the afternoon, ending a week-long search for the man who allegedly shot Dunkin in the chest on December 16.
“I got a call today from his attorney,” Atlanta police homicide Det. David Quinn told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “He said he wished to turn himself in.”
Atlanta police had previously urged Young Vito to surrender for his own safety. When the ATL native walked into the police station, he looked drastically different from the man on the wanted posters circulating throughout the city. Gone were his dreadlocks and facial hair.
This is not Hardimon’s first run-in with the law. Since 2004 he has been arrested for crimes that include aggravated assault, child cruelty and carrying an illegally concealed gun.
Now that Hardimon is in custody, police plan to question him as to his account of the incident that occurred at an Atlanta recording studio almost two weeks ago. It was previously reported that the two up-and-coming rappers had a fist fight over a piece of candy that eventually led to Slim Dunkin, 24, being shot and killed.
Dunkin, born Mario Hamilton, was laid to rest on Friday in a service attended by his Brick Squad crew affiliates and close friends Waka Flocka Flame and Gucci Mane.
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