BROOKLYN — Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine was arrested for driving without a license, but within a few hours, that infraction turned into a felony when he assaulted an NYPD lieutenant, officials said Monday.
The 22-year-old Brooklyn-born rapper, who is easily spotted because of his long rainbow locks, matching multicolored teeth and numerous tattoos — many of which say “69″ — was arrested Sunday.
While in custody, the rapper, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, grabbed and squeezed a lieutenant’s hand, causing the lieutenant to “suffer substantial pain,” and the officer’s fingers to swell and become red, according to a criminal complain provided by the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office.
Hernandez was arraigned Monday evening for second-degree assault, third-degree assault, third-degree attempted assault, third-degree menacing and second-degree obstructing governmental administration. He was released on $25,000 bail.
The incident came less than a week after an arrest warrant was issued for Hernandez in Texas.
He is accused of misdemeanor assault following an altercation with a teenager at a mall in Houston, The Source reported.
The rapper also continues to face legal troubles after pleading guilty in 2015 to the “use of a child in a sexual performance,” according to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.
The guilty plea stemmed from an incident earlier that year in which Hernandez was accused of partaking in three videos showing a then-13-year-old girl naked and engaging in sexual acts, including oral sex, in Harlem, a complaint against Hernandez showed.
Hernandez was visible in all three videos, and shared each on his Instagram page, the complaint stated.
As part of his plea, Hernandez was ordered to complete his GED, or general education development; write an apology letter to the girl and her family; and not be arrested for two years.
As of January of this year, Jezebel reports, Hernandez had not passed the test, meaning he could spend one to three years in prison.
His next court date in that case is scheduled for June 19.
As a minor, Hernandez served time for selling heroin and assaulting the owner of a bodega, the music website genius.com reported last year.