3 people arrested for alleged gym attack on rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine


Three people have been taken into custody after an alleged assault on rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine at a South Florida gym last week, authorities said Thursday.

Rafael Medina Jr., 43; Octavio Medina, 23; and Anthony Maldonado, 25, were arrested and booked, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement late Thursday.

They are accused of assaulting and robbing the rapper, whom the bureau identified by his real name, Daniel Hernandez.

Jail records show Rafael Medina and Maldonado were being held on suspicion of felony assault and robbery. Records were not available for Octavious Medina.

It was not clear if they have lawyers to speak on their behalf.

The 26-year-old rapper was in a sauna at LA Fitness south of West Palm Beach on March 21 when a group of people approached him and “hit him,” his lawyer said.

“She had cuts on her face and bruises,” the lawyer, Lance Lazzaro, said in a statement.

The rapper tried to defend himself, Lazzaro said, and the group allegedly fled after employees heard the disturbance.

Video posted to social media showed him walking through the gym with blood on his face.

The sheriff’s office said in a separate statement that deputies were alerted to the altercation and the rapper was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

In 2019, 6ix9ine pleaded guilty to multiple counts of racketeering, firearms offenses, and drug trafficking. He faced 47 years behind bars but received a reduced sentence after testimony from him helped prosecutors convict two notorious gang leaders.

Minyvonne Burke and joe kottke contributed.

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