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Suspect Who Stole $183K In Cash and Jewelry from Safaree Explains Why

In the days following Safree Samuel’s Monday, April 2 gunpoint robbery, a video of the alleged perpetrators has emerged.

A man whose face is covered with a bandana explained the $183,000 in cash and jewelry police told TMZ Wednesday, April 3 they made off with was taken because the “Love and Hip Hop” star owed them money.

“You owed us Gs from the back end of that production s—, you know what the f– it was, it was me and a few of the homies and n—- we stripped your motherf— ass. That’s what really happened,” he says, explaining they didn’t put a gun up to him. “So n—- come up out the motherf—— bread that you owe us n—- or it’s problems n—-. If you want yo s— back, n—-, then you gon get yo s— back. Tap in with a n—-.”

Still, police told TMZ that two men, Jonathan Ricketts and Shawn Harewood, were suspected of robbing the rapper at gunpoint and fled over the George Washington Bridge from New Jersey to New York not long after the incident happened. The suspects had reportedly crashed their vehicle before taking off on foot.

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Safaree allegedly knew Shawn Harewood since he was 14. (TMZ)

“This was not some random stick up attempt, this was an ambush specifically targeting Safaree by several men with guns,” Safaree’s lawyer, James Leonard, said. “The actual facts of what happened are chilling and it is only by the grace of God that this incident did not have a different ending and for that we are extremely grateful.”

Safaree was visibly shaken up by the encounter as he began recording an interview for “The Angie Martinez Show” Monday.

“A couple of hours ago, I just got robbed,” said tearfully. “Two dudes with guns just ran up on me. Made me face down on the floor with a gun to my head. Just took everything.”

And on Thursday, TMZ reported Safaree actually knows one of the men who robbed him. He was pictured with Harewood at a club in Queens, N.Y. in 2011 or 2012 celebrating the “New Day” performer’s birthday with his former flame Nicki Minaj. Allegedly, the two have known one another since Safree was 14.

When the gossip site asked Leonard about the connection, however, he had no comment.

Meanwhile, folks have been sounding off on the stick up led by the bandana-clad perp.

“And you thought stealing it at gunpoint was justified!….. Ok, see yah in 20 years!” a Facebook user said.

“It wasn’t a robbery … Sounds like a repossession,” someone said on YouTube.

“Stevie Wonder can see this is a stunt,” someone else said.

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