A third suspect sought by police in the shooting death of rapper PnB Rock at a South Los Angeles restaurant was arrested in Nevada Thursday after Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón announced the suspect and his 17-year-old son have been charged with killing the rapper at a South Los Angeles restaurant earlier this month.
Freddie Lee Trone, 40, was located and arrested in Las Vegas about 1 p.m. Thursday, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. He was booked in Las Vegas and is pending extradition to Los Angeles.
The murder of Mr. Allen dimmed a bright light in the lives of his fans, friends and most importantly his family. The accused individuals’ alleged actions in this case were heartless and cruel and robbed the world of Mr. Allen’s talents.
I thank the investigators who presented the case to my office. As we do every single day, we will work diligently to make sure that those responsible for taking the life of an innocent victim are held accountable.District Attorney George Gascon
Freddie Lee Trone was charged today with one count of murder and conspiracy to commit robbery and two counts of second-degree robbery. Shauntel Trone faces one count of accessory after the fact.
Shauntel Trone is expected to be arraigned today in Department 12 of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Compton Branch.
The minor was charged with one count each of murder and conspiracy to commit robbery. He also faces two counts of second-degree robbery.
He made his initial court appearance today in Department 262 of the Compton Juvenile Court. He is scheduled to return on October 19 for a pretrial hearing.
On September 12, 30-year-old Rakim Allen, known as PnB Rock, was fatally shot during a robbery at Roscoe’s House of Chicken & Waffles.
Police said a male suspect walked up to the couple, drew a handgun, demanded PnB Rock’s jewelry, and shot him. The rapper died at a hospital. Witnesses said the suspect and the rapper argued during the heist, culminating in the shooting, which was captured on the restaurant’s video surveillance system.
TMZ and Fox11 reported that Freddie Trone is believed to have been the getaway driver following the shooting, allegedly carried out by his teen son. TMZ reported that the pair later burned the vehicle they were in during the crime.
The teen and Shauntel Trone were later arrested. Freddie Lee Trone fled and has not been arrested.
The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department.
City News Service contributed to this report.