Tacuma Ashman, 43, is facing up to 50 years in prison after being found guilty of robbing Love & Hip Hop star Safaree of $180,000 at gunpoint in 2018.
Safaree tearfully revealed the encounter in an interview with Angie Martinez after the robbery. He said:
“I just got robbed, two dudes with guns just ran up on me,” Safaree told Martinez hours after the incident. “Had me face down on the floor with a gun to my head. They just took everything.”
Surveillance footage showed two men drawing their guns on Safaree and a friend. After the robbers went through Safaree’s coat, they made him lie on the ground as they completed the robbery.
Law enforcement arrested Jonathan Ricketts and Shawn Harewood after a high-speed chase. Tacuma Ashman was apprehended weeks later after his driver’s license, cellphone, and a red hat he wore during the robbery were found inside the car involved in the high-speed chase. Safaree’s wallet and jewelry were also discovered.
Harewood, who’s considered the mastermind of the robbery, was Ashman’s co-defendant but the judge declared a mistrial for him after his lawyer withdrew from the case. Another suspect, Carl Harry, pleaded guilty to conspiracy in 2019 and a new trial date for Harewood is pending.
Tacuma Ashman appears in court for sentencing on January 28, 2022, and he could be handed a jail term of up to 50 years. 3 to 4 years after the robbery, justice will finally be served.
Safaree Lloyd Samuels is an American rapper, songwriter, businessman, and television presenter. Samuels started his musical career in the group the Hoodstars in the early 2000s alongside a then-unknown Nicki Minaj. Samuels is also known as a solo artist. In 2016, he joined the cast of the VH1 reality show, Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood. In 2017, he moved back to his hometown of New York City and joined the Love & Hip Hop: New York cast.
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