Newark Police investigating report rapper DMX involved in robbery

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Monday, April 6, 2015

NEWARK -- Police in Newark are investigating a report that rapper DMX was involved in a robbery.

A man who did not want to be identified told Eyewitness News that he can barely believe what happened to him and his friend at a gas station in Newark on Sunday morning. He says when rapper DMX rolled into the Exxon on McCarter highway around 12:30 a.m. in 4 black Escalades, the rapper and his entourage of about 15 got a lot of attention.

"Fans basically surrounding him, they wanted to take a couple pictures with him," the man said.

The man tells Eyewitness News that his friend walked past DMX and his bodyguards to go into the store, but the doors were locked, so they started to walk back. They were then approached by one of DMX's bodyguards.

"They probably thought we had a gun, because he has his hand in his pocket - and that's how people carry if they have one like this," he said, "that's why he asked him what was in his pocket. Then he was like 'nah, there's nothing in my pocket, then he showed him the money."

That is when the men claim DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, got a look at the wad of money - $3,200 the alleged victim says was from his just-cashed paycheck - and DMX snatched it.

"DMX took the money, but the bodyguard was the one who glanced us at the handle of his gun," the alleged victim said, "he's like, 'come on, yo, we out we out talking to his entourage'."

The alleged victim also said that cameras caught the whole incident - the two men claim they followed the Escalades, and got a license plate number, which they handed over to police. So far, police are being tight-lipped about their investigation, but the Ruff Riders rapper was in New Jersey on Saturday night for a concert.

Eyewitness News reached out to DMX's rep about what allegedly happened, but have not heard back yet.

Newark Police say no charges have been filed.