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Suspect ID in murder of rapper PnB Rock


Los Angeles police have identified a suspect in the killing of rapper PnB Rock during a robbery at a restaurant earlier this month, but they declined to confirm reports that the suspect’s 17-year-old son was already in custody and believed to be the gunman.

The Los Angeles Police Department Wednesday morning released a photo of Freddie Lee Trone, and said he was wanted in connection with the killing of the 30-year-old rapper, born Rakim Allen, who was shot about 1:25 p.m. Sept. 12 at Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles at 106 W. Manchester Ave., where he was eating lunch with his girlfriend.

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.

“Freddie Lee Trone has been identified as being a person involved in the murder of Rakim Allen,” police said in a statement on Wednesday. “He should be considered armed and dangerous.”

Police did not release Trone’s age, however, previous jail records indicate he is 40 years old.

TMZ and Fox11 reported that Trone’s 17-year-old son was arrested Wednesday morning in connection with the killing and is believed to be the suspect who pulled the trigger, with Trone acting as the getaway driver. TMZ reported that the pair later burned the vehicle they were in during the crime.

The LAPD would not immediately confirm the reports by press time.