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Monday, February 13, 2012

Philthy Rich, Oakland Rapper, Arrested at S.F. Rap Concert

Posted By on Mon, Feb 13, 2012 at 4:30 PM

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  • Philthy Rich

San Francisco police arrested three men, including Oakland rapper Philip Beasley (aka Philthy Rich) during a Sunday morning rap concert at the Rock-It Room Club in the Richmond District.

According to police, officers arrested Beasley, 29, of Hayward; his promoter, Samuel Burns III, 33, of Vallejo; and Dennis Walker, 29, of Antioch. All three were charged with different crimes, including possession of stolen property, DUI, and firearms possessions.

Officer Albie Esparza could not confirm whether or not the club had a permit for the concert, and officials with the Entertainment Commission have not returned our calls. However, Esparza noted that the arrests were part of a larger effort to crack down on problem clubs in San Francisco.

"There's been some recent events and problems with some non-permitted venues or night clubs," Esparza told us. "That's why we are trying to work with the Entertainment Commission to prevent this from occurring."

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  • Samuel Burns

During their club sweep Saturday night, police spotted Beasley after the concert getting into a 2011 black Bentley with Nevada plates, which had been stolen out of Las Vegas. A records review revealed that the indie rapper was on felony probation for firearms possession.

During the show, police arrested Beasley's promoter, Burns, who was charged with multiple warrants in Marin and Contra Costa Counties. At 11:15 p.m., police arrested Walker after officers stopped the vehicle he was in for "suspicious" reasons. Walker, who was a passenger in the car, hopped out and ran. Police chased him to Fifth Avenue, where he was arrested. A semi-automatic handgun was found on his person when he was taken into custody, police said.

While police were busy with Walker, the driver of the 1991 GMC Yukon fled the scene and

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  • Dennis Walker
crashed into a wall along Sixth Avenue and Presidio. The driver and another passenger in the car -- both males -- got away, police said.

"Events unpermitted and people who promote clubs that are illegal bring a problem element ... there's the potential for shootings, robberies, fights -- and that's what we don't want," Esparza said.

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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