Prosecutors have filed murder charges against two people — including a suspect arrested Thursday in Las Vegas — in the brazen robbery and murder of Philadelphia rapper PnB Rock at a south Los Angeles restaurant, authorities said.
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09/29/2022, 8:30 p.mAn earlier version of this article said three people were charged with murder. A man and a teenager have been charged with murder. A third suspect faces additional charges.
Freddie Lee Trone, 40, and a 17-year-old boy have been charged with murder, robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery, according to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office. A third suspect, Shauntel Trone, 38, has been charged with robbery and aiding and abetting. The teenager has not been identified due to his age.
Shauntel Trone and the teenager were arrested Tuesday, and an FBI-led task force arrested Freddie Lee Trone in Las Vegas around 1 p.m. Thursday, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
Freddie Lee and Shauntel Trone are married, said Greg Risling, a spokesman for prosecutors. The teenager is the son of Freddie Lee Trone, according to law enforcement sources, who spoke to the Times on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the investigation with the media. The teenager and Shauntel Trone are not related, Risling said.
Rock, 30, real name Rakim Allen, had been with his girlfriend Stephanie Sibounheuang at Roscoe’s House of Chicken & Waffles on Manchester Avenue on September 12 when the attackers came to their table and demanded jewelry and other valuables. According to police, a suspect brandished a firearm, and Rock was shot dead almost immediately.
While some have expressed concern that Rock may have been targeted after his girlfriend posted a picture to Instagram showing them at the chicken restaurant, law enforcement sources have told The Times that Freddie Lee Trone and his son are planning to do so of every social interaction in the Roscoe’s parking lot, media posts related to the rapper’s presence there were published.
Shauntel Trone was due to be arraigned at the Compton courthouse on Thursday. The teenager appeared in juvenile court, and it was not immediately clear if prosecutors would try to try him as an adult.
No court date has been set for Freddie Lee Trone, but prosecutors said they would attempt to extradite him from Nevada immediately.
Los Angeles County District. atty George Gascón banned his prosecutors from trying juveniles as adults when he took office, but this year created a path to exceptions to that policy.
Rock’s ability to fuse melody with his rapping made him an ideal accompaniment to modern hip-hop. He rose to national prominence with 2015’s single “Fleek,” turning the viral Vine video into an anthem for women across the country. He then went on to work with a bevy of artists including Ed Sheeran and Chance the Rapper on Cross Me.
Times contributor Kenan Draughorne contributed to this report.
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-09-29/three-charged-with-murder-in-slaying-of-pnb-rock-at-roscoes-restaurant Three charged in murder and robbery of PnB Rock at Roscoe’s restaurant