ATLANTA - Officials with Wells Fargo released a statement Monday that stated Sam Benson, also known as rapper Blac Youngsta never set foot in their Buckhead store. But police have released more details as to what really happened Friday afternoon.
Benson said he and several members of his entourage were detained at the Wells Fargo on the corner of Peachtree Drive and Piedmont Road. Pictures show about nine people in handcuffs in the parking lot.
Atlanta Police said they were called out to the bank because a man was trying to cash a forged check valued at $24,000. Police said they were given a few clothing and vehicle descriptions.
A witness told FOX 5 News several people jumped out of the van when officers arrived at the scene. Police detained the individuals while they investigated. They later determined that they had not committed a crime and was not connected to the 911 call.
“What’s wrong with having $200,000?” Benson, a recently signed rapper, told FOX 5 News.
Benson said he was at the bank to make a large withdrawal to purchase a luxury car.
"It makes me feel like I can't be young, black, and rich," said Benson.
Benson said the incident killed his mood and he plans to hold off on the car for now. He said he would be taking his banking elsewhere.
Wells Fargo disputes that Benson is even a customer in a release sent to FOX 5 News on Monday:
“Mr. Benson is not an account holder with us. He did not enter our store nor did he make any withdrawals.
“A fraudulent incident did occur in the store so in the best interest of our customer, we reported it to law enforcement right away and as a result, a suspect was apprehended and the customer was not the victim of fraud. Mr. Benson was not a party to the fraudulent incident.
We’re confident that our description of the suspect was appropriate. It is documented in the police report. We encourage you to review it.”
A police report obtained by FOX 5 News states Darnell Edwards Charles was arrested on forgery charges for trying to pass the $24,000.