UPDATE:Police and Wells Fargo bank dispute several details of Sam Benson's account of this incident. Click here for more.
ATLANTA – A rapper said that police stopped him outside of an Atlanta bank on Friday.
Sam Benson, who goes by the name "Blac Youngsta," said it all began when he stopped by a Wells Fargo bank on Peachtree Rd. NE.
Benson said he withdrew $200,000 in cash from his account (bank officials later told 11Alive that Benson had no account). He said when he came out of the bank, a police officer pointed at him.
"They come bum rushing me at the car, put me on the ground, putting guns to my head, so I'm like ‘What I'd do,'" Benson said. "A lady was like I'm not supposed to have…$200,000 on me. I'm like, ‘I'm a millionaire. How can I not have $200,000 on me?'" (RAW VIDEO: Watch the interview)
Pictures posted on his Facebook page appears to show several police with Benson on the ground with his arms handcuffed behind his back (the cuffs are not closed in the photo).
Benson said police told them that someone had written a bogus check previously.
"They thought I did it too, but I'm legit," Benson said. "They confused me with whoever they were looking for."
Benson said police apologized. He said police initially took a large amount of cash, but later said that he had gotten that money back. Police later told 11Alive that they had not taken any of Benson's money.
The rapper said he had withdrawn the cash to buy a vehicle. Initially, Benson said he was in the market for a Maybach, but after the incident at the bank, he said he was thinking about a Ferrari.
"I'm feeling fast," Benson said.
Benson said he doesn't "believe in checks."
"My dream I always dreamed about was going to the bank, getting a half a million…and putting the half-million on the dish, like ‘Give me that Ghost right there,'" Benson said.
Benson said he was also considering spending some of the money he withdrew at an adult entertainment club after the incident.
Benson is from Memphis, and has been associated from fellow Tennessee rapper Yo Gotti. He is known for his song "Heavy," according to AllMusic.com
Police told 11Alive that they responded to the bank at the request of the bank manager.
"Officers found that no crime had been committed," said Atlanta Police Sgt. Warren Pickard.
A later press release from the Atlanta Police Department stated that reports of an attempt to cash a fraudulent check at the location and a "limited and conflicting" description led to a case of mistaken identity.
"The Rapper, who identified himself as 'Blac Youngsta', by coincidence happened to be at the bank at the same time," APD Sgt. Warren Pickard said in a written statement. "Upon police officers arriving on scene, they made a brief detention of him until positive identification by the caller was made."
The actual suspect in the attempt to cash a $24,000 check, 39-year-old Charles Darnell Edward, was soon arrested - but not before police briefly detained Benson.
Edward was charged with forgery in the first degree - a felony.
"This incident did not directly involve Blac Youngsta, nor was he accused of committing a crime," Sgt. Pickard said.
A spokesperson for Wells Fargo responded Saturday and said that the bank is looking into this matter and will thoroughly investigate the situation.
"As part of our Vision and Values, we are dedicated to ensuring that our customers have a positive experience in every interaction with us," the spokesperson said.
On Monday, Wells Fargo issued a statement saying that Benson does not have account with the bank, and that he did not enter the bank or make any withdrawals. Click here for more.
The full statement from Wells Fargo Southest Communication Manger Crystal Drake was:
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.
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