Nathaniel Glover, aka The Kidd Creole of the pioneering rap group Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, told prosecutors he stabbed a homeless man because he thought the man might rob him after hitting on him.
Glover, a 57-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, was arrested and charged with murder after being questioned at the 13th Precinct in Manhattan Wednesday. He had been taken into custody at his Bronx home earlier that day.
Glover confessed to stabbing the man, later identified as 55-year-old John Jolly. Assistant District Attorney Mark Dahl says Glover told him he became infuriated when he thought John Jolly was hitting on him on a midtown street.
Dahl says Glover became convinced Jolly was going to rob him so he stabbed him with a knife.
Surveillance video shows the two men arguing before the stabbing, according to a criminal complaint filed Thursday, which says Glover pulled out a knife he had attached to his forearm with rubber bands and stabbed Jolly in the chest twice. A witness said she saw Jolly fall to the ground a couple of minutes later, where he lay unconscious and bleeding from the chest.
A senior law enforcement official said Glover admitted the argument just got out of hand, and police told News 4 earlier Thursday the rapper was "extremely remorseful" for what happened.
Glover was arraigned Thursday afternoon in a Manhattan criminal court on a murder charge and was returned to jail without bail. His lawyer declined comment.
Jolly was found with two stab wounds to his chest near Third Avenue and East 44th Street shortly before midnight on Tuesday, according to police. Cops say he may have been stabbed somewhere else before collapsing at the spot a couple of blocks from Grand Central Terminal.
He was taken to Bellevue Hospital and pronounced dead less than an hour later, police said. Jolly had been staying at a homeless shelter in the Bowery and had 17 prior arrests, officials said.
Jolly's cousin, Cheryl Horry, spoke with News 4 and refuted some things being reported about Jolly, including that he may have come on to Glover, and that he was homeless. She said he lived in transitional housing on West 105th Street and that he planned to move into an apartment next week.
Horry said she was the one to identify Jolly and that she was supposed to see him on Sunday after last visiting with him a year and a half ago. She said he had made mistakes in the past but didn't deserve to die. She also questioned Glover's remorsefulness, saying he should have called for help instead of walking away.
"I just think they are blowing this man up like he's some famous hip-hop logo, but now he's a killer," Horry said. "He should have called the ambulance. I think if they didn't have those cameras he wouldn't have said a word."
Glover has four prior arrests, the most recent being in 2007 for possession of a knife. In 1995 and 1982, he was arrested for possessing a gun, according to police. A fourth arrest is sealed. Glover worked security at a building on 44th Street near where the victim was found.
Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five formed in the Bronx in the late 1970s. They're most known for their influential 1982 rap song, "The Message." The group broke up in the late 1980s.