Rapper Lil Tjay arrested in the Bronx after guns found during car stop: police sources

Police sources say that Lil Tjay was one of the five people in the vehicle

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Tuesday, January 17, 2023
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BRONX, New York (WABC) -- Bronx rapper Lil Tjay, also known as Tione Jayden Merritt, was arrested Monday afternoon, according to police sources.

The 21-year-old, who has 7 million followers on Instagram, was traveling in a black Cadillac Escalade, along West 183rd Street and Ryer Avenue in the Bronx, when police conducted a car stop.

Police say a total of five men were inside the Escalade, from which they recovered four handguns.

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Police sources say that Lil Tjay was one of the five people in the vehicle.

He will be charged with criminal possession of a weapon.

The arrest comes a little more than six months after the rapper suffered multiple gunshot wounds during a shooting in Edgewater, New Jersey in June of 2022.

He was one of two men who were injured in the shooting.


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