Rapper and entourage thought it was joke.
In a story reminiscent of Punk'd, 2 Chainz continues to deny he was robbed at gunpoint in San Francisco last Sunday (Jun. 9), yet his bodyguard had no problem spilling details of what went down. Harold "Hammer Strength" Folsom explained the incident to his hometown radio station, Columbus, Ohio's Power 107.5, this week.
The entourage were walking to a store in the downtown district of the city around 4:30 p.m. when multiple assailants popped out of nowhere. "All of a sudden three dudes just jumped out with huge guns, .357 Magnums," Folsom said. "They pointed the guns at us and we was like 'Whoa!' We thought it was a joke for a minute."
TMZ obtained surveillance footage showing all of the men running from at least two of the three gunmen, with 2 Chainz breaking into an impressive sprint before tripping and falling to the ground. "We looked at them, we stopped, kinda paused," Folsom continued. "We thought it was a joke. Then all we heard was, '2 Chainz give it up.'"
The demand still wasn't enough to fully convince the crew that a robbery was in effect. "We like stood there and didn't do anything, and we kinda like froze, cuz we wanted to see if this was real. All of a sudden, the next thing you know, 2 Chainz kinda like backed up a little bit. And then he said, 'Give it up. Give it up.' And then all of a sudden he took off. He took off running first. When he took off running, we took off running. Then all of a sudden these dudes, they just start shooting. I don’t know where they shot at."
Although the TMZ video broke a huge portion of the story, according to Folsom, the reports weren't completely accurate. "TMZ got it all like we just left and left him standing there, and we just took off, But he started running first, and we took off after he took off. So I don’t know what they trying to make it seem like. The bottom line is he just fell. The dude, he grabbed his wallet from him, and his cell phone from him, and that's all they took."
Aside from escaping with his life, 2 Chainz was also able to retain his jewerly. "He has his chains on him, his bracelet and all that, and all his jewelry with him and they ain’t touch none of that. All they did is they got his wallet, and like I said, he ain’t got no money in his wallet. The bottom line is, man, it was a setup. We know it was a setup so, that's why he told the police we will handle it."
San Francisco police confirmed the incident, but denied that 2 Chainz — aka Tauheed Epps — was the victim. The Atlanta native is sticking to a similar script. "Nobody took Anything from me," he tweeted Wednesday (June 12). "I didn't get shot, I'm not in jail, Don't know wut else to tell ya. Sorry if I disappointed anyone, maybe next time."
Living in a state of utter denial, however, hasn't cramped the 35-year-old's style. Days after the stickup, 2 Chainz was back to his old ways, adding another weed bust to his record.
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