The Oakland rapper Philthy Rich was arrested after a performance at a Richmond district nightclub early Monday on suspicion of possessing a stolen Bentley.
The artist, 29-year-old Philip Beasley, was pulled over almost as soon as he drove away from the Rock-it Room at 406 Clement St. about 1:30 a.m., police Officer Albie Esparza said Monday.
Earlier that evening, Esparza said, the rapper’s promoter, Samuel Burns, 33, of Vallejo, was arrested on his way to the club because cops said he wasn’t wearing a seatbelt as the passenger of a car. Police booked Burns for having outstanding warrants out of Marin and Contra Costa counties.
Philthy had a different take on the arrest, and he sounded off to his nearly 13,000 followers on Twitter on Monday.
“Last night at my show I was targeted by the san francisco police they took me and my cousin to jail and seized my Bentley,” Philthy tweeted. “I'm a bail for 30k.”
Philthy also posted that he wanted a “shrimp burrito” upon leaving jail -- but not until after he charged police with waiting inside the club for him on a tip from a snitch.
“The police was at the show before I got there…I was dragged out my car at gun point,” he tweeted.
Esparza denied the rapper was targeted. Plainclothes cops, he said, were part of a violence reduction team that was on patrol when they spotted the black 2011 Bentley, which has Nevada plates, parked outside the club. They ran the vehicle’s license plate -- which Esparza said is common for cops on patrol -- and discovered it had been reported stolen out of Las Vegas.
Cops then waited for Philthy, who is on probation for firearms possession, to drive off before arresting him, police said.
“We don’t know who these people are until we arrest them,” Esparza said. “It’s good police work that we do every day.”
Philthy also said on Twitter that he and his pals went on a high-speed chase with officers.
In a press release regarding the arrests, police mentioned a guy they arrested following a foot pursuit late Sunday night.
About 11:15 p.m., Dennis Walker, 29, of Antioch was arrested at Fifth Avenue and California Street after fleeing from cops, police said. Walker was a passenger in a 1991 GMC Yukon that allegedly ditched police and later crashed into a wall at Sixth Avenue and Park Presidio Boulevard.
Police said they found a semi-automatic handgun when they detained Walker. The driver and another passenger fled after the crash and had not been found as of Monday, Esparza said.
According to his website, Philthy appeared on the Discovery Channel‘s “Gang Wars” in 2009, but was arrested right after the show aired for having a loaded firearm, and served six months in jail.