Homicide

Rappers robbed, killed man so they could 'flash money' at concert, police say

Joseph Brandon Jr., left, and Jonathan Felix are charged with first-degree murder.

Joseph Brandon Jr., left, and Jonathan Felix are charged with first-degree murder.  (Polk County Sheriff)

Two men involved in a rap group robbed and murdered a man in Florida on Wednesday so they could “flash cash” at a concert later that night, police said.

Joseph Brandon Jr., 18, and Jonathan Felix, 21, were charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Tyler Macklin, 21. The pair also faced armed robbery, armed burglary and conspiracy charges. A third man, 20-year-old Dylan Kindred, allegedly came up with the idea to target Macklin and was charged with conspiracy, police said.

The men’s motive allegedly stemmed from a desire to “flash cash” while performing at a rap show in Tampa, FOX13 reported. But the men didn’t have enough of their own money to “demonstrate their desired level of affluence” so they decided to rob Macklin, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said.

Kindred is accused of driving the getaway vehicle while Felix, also known as “Killa,” and Gomes-Brandon, also known as “Wax,” allegedly murdered Macklin. Investigators said Kindred admitted that he suggested robbing Macklin but that the duo was only “supposed to steal cash and drugs,” not kill him.

“Brandon was in possession of a handgun at the time,” the sheriff’s department wrote in a Facebook post. “Brandon and Felix forced entry into Macklin’s home, while Kindred remained in the car. Kindred heard a gunshot, then the two suspects ran back out and got into the car.”

The trio allegedly made off with Macklin’s wallet, $300 in cash, a small amount of marijuana and a second firearm that belong to Macklin, authorities said.

A friend of Macklin’s was on the phone with him when the alleged robbery occurred and called police, Sheriff Grady Judd said Monday. Judd said the group did perform a rap concert at a Tampa club after Macklin was murdered.

“There’s no rap music in jail,” he said.

All three defendants have criminal histories. Brandon Jr. has been arrested for grand theft, burglary and violation of probation. Felix served four years in a state prison for armed robbery, burglary and battery on a law enforcement officer. He was released from prison in 2014. Kindred was arrested on a narcotics charge in January.

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