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NYPD searching for armed rapper ‘Famous Richard,’ wanted for trying to take cops’ guns
By Tina Moore, Dean Balsamini,
A brazen Chicago gangbanger wanted for trying to remove guns from cops’ holsters is daring the city’s Finest to come get him — and warning he’ll be armed when they do.
Richard Sharp, 24, who goes by the name “Famous Richard” on TikTok, has been posting clips of himself approaching New York cops as he tries to reach for their weapons.
The TikToker, a self-described member of the street gang known as the Black Disciples, has 12 arrests under his belt — including three for firearm possession and a “history of assault on law enforcement,” the NYPD has said.
As news spread that Big Apple cops were looking for Sharp — who posted at least three clips of himself taunting NYPD officers, he wasn’t exactly laying low.
“I’m not ducking no smoke, shorty,” he said in a Tiktok video posted Friday. He has about 3,500 followers on the platform.
In the clip, which has been viewed about 159,000 times, Sharp pats his side as if he were carrying a weapon and adds, “They’re talking about NYPD out looking for me ok…I’m gonna keep that thing with me too shorty.”
He references “King David” in the footage, aka Davis Barksdale, the founder of the Black Disciples.
The NYPD put out a safety alert to officers this week, warning them to “remain vigilant” if Sharp came their way.
He’s posted at least three clips of himself trying to antagonize local officers.
In one video, Sharp reaches his hand towards a female officer’s holstered weapon.
“That’s a real Glock on your hip? …. Let me hold that motherf–ker” he says in the video, prompting the officer to warn him, “Stop!”
In another, he approaches a male officer in the subway, reaching out and saying, “let me see the Glock!”
“If you touch me bro, we’re going to have a problem,” the officer tells him.
“The taunting of officers in public – which is harassment and obstructing governmental administration – are crimes that won’t be prosecuted in all five borough DA’s offices,” said retired NYPD Lt. John D. Macari, 42, who left the job after 18 years last year.
“The lack of respect for police in New York City — from perpetrators to elected officials — is a major contributing factor to the mass exodus occurring with the NYPD,” he added.
“It’s not a good plan and he’s going to have a whole different outlook when he’s caught,” Joseph Giacalone, a retired NYPD sergeant and adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, said of Sharp.
Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts was urged to call NYPD Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.
Additional reporting by Joe Marino and Larry Celona
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