Social Media Helps Detectives Arrest Podcast Personality Taxstone in Connection to Troy Ave Shooting
Early Monday morning (Jan. 16), podcast personality Taxstone, real name Daryl Campbell, was arrested by NYPD, U.S. Marshalls and New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force in East Brooklyn in connection to the May 2016 Irving Plaza shooting that left rapper Troy Ave injured and his bodyguard Ronald "Banga" McPhatter dead.
According to the federal complaint against Campbell, signed by U.S. District Attorney Hagan Scotten and sworn on by Detective Jose Flores, Tax is facing federal weapon possession charges, including one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and one count of receipt of a firearm in interstate commerce. He was scheduled to be arraigned in New York City federal court today.
The seven-page complaint begins by mentioning how Tax was found guilty of attempted robbery in the second degree back in 2008, making him a felon prohibited from possessing a firearm. It goes on to mention how Campbell openly "proclaimed his membership to the Bloods" in certain public statements.
The complaint then references Troy Ave, though not by name, as somebody Tax antagonized in public by calling Troy "cowardly and unwilling to use violence" and accusing him of having a fake reputation for both "musical and criminal accomplishments."
The report also references an audio recording made prior to the Irving Plaza shooting in which Tax "proclaimed his willingness to open fire if a group of men were to approach him." At the end of the clip, he says Troy's name. You can hear that clip above.
In addition, Detective Flores says he was able to identify the Florida man who brought the gun that was used in the Irving Plaza shooting, a 9mm Kel-Tec semiautomatic handgun, to New York through pictures on social media: "I know from my review of social media, including photographs depicting the two together, among other evidence, that [the man who brought the gun to New York] is an associate of Daryl Campbell, a/k/a 'Taxstone,' the defendant."
DNA evidence is later brought up, which the complaint finds "indicates that Campbell possessed the firearm before the shooting began." Detective Flores goes on to conclude that "in addition to the presence of Campbell's DNA on the trigger and handle (consistent with having fired the weapon), Campbell's DNA was present on the base edges of the magazine, which is a location someone would not necessarily touch when briefly grabbing or even firing a handgun, but would more often touch when loading the firearm."
The complaint also details how this same firearm is the one that killed McPhatter, as well as the same gun that Troy Ave is seen firing in surveillance footage. It's also the gun that was found in Troy's van after he was transported to the hospital. The handgun contained traces of McPhatter and Troy Ave's DNA as well.
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