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The Kidd Creole accused of murdering homeless man in New York

By | Published on Friday 4 August 2017

A member of the iconic hip hop group Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five has been arrested in relation to murder charges following a violent run in with a homeless man in New York earlier this week.

Nathaniel Glover was one of the five rappers that made up the Furious Five performing as The Kidd Creole (not to be confused, of course, with Kid Creole, the stage name of singer August Darnell, frontman of Kid Creole And The Coconuts).

Although the Furious Five disbanded in the eighties, the four surviving members have performed again under that name in more recent years, after two of Glover’s bandmates – including his brother Melvin, aka Melle Mel – went on tour together in 2014.

Though Glover also seemingly works as a handyman and security guard at a building in New York near where Tuesday night’s incident occurred. According to the New York Daily News, Glover attacked the homeless man, named as John Jolly, after the two men got into an argument, the details of which are not currently clear.

A source told the Daily News: “They had no prior relationship. They had words. Things got out of hand. It was some sort of diss. [Glover] turned, interpreting that the guy was making an advance toward him. One thing led to another, and he shivved him twice in the chest”.

Meanwhile a police report about the incident¬†provided to Rolling Stone¬†states: “On Tuesday, August 1, 2017, police responded to a 911 call of a male possibly stabbed at East 44 Street and 3 Avenue within the confines of the 17 Precinct. Upon arrival, police observed a 55 year old male with multiple stab wounds to the torso. EMS [emergency medical services] also responded and transported the male to Bellevue Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased … The investigation is ongoing”.

Glover was identified as the other man involved in the incident via CCTV footage and was subsequently arrested on Wednesday.