Junior M.A.F.I.A. members Lil' Cease and Larceny were arrested Friday and charged with attempted murder after a shooting outside a Brooklyn, New York, deli.
Lil' Cease (James Lloyd) and Larceny (Antoine Spain), both 23, were stopped at New York's La Guardia Airport shortly after one of the group's bodyguards, Suif Jackson, was arrested at 12:15 a.m. Friday when he got out of a Lincoln Navigator that witnesses had placed at the crime scene, according to New York police Detective Walter Burns.
The three men were charged with attempted murder in the second degree, criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, harassment in the second degree and five counts of assault, according to the police complaint. They were arraigned Saturday, and the case is now under grand jury investigation, according to a spokesperson for the Kings County district attorney's office. Lloyd, Spain and Jackson were released on $350,000 bail each, and they're due to return to court on August 29, at which point indictments may be announced.
Two 9 mm guns found in the vehicle Jackson was driving were registered to Junior M.A.F.I.A. member Lil' Kim, as was the Navigator. Police received calls that the three men had fired shots out of the car after arguing outside a corner deli with Michael Goody, 21, who was hit once in the leg and was taken to a Brooklyn Hospital, according to Burns.
On March 18, Larceny was charged with weapons possession after being stopped with Lil' Cease while they were driving Lil' Kim's Jaguar (see "Lil' Cease Arrested On Pot Charge, Questioned In Hot 97 Shooting").
Police allegedly seized a small amount of marijuana in that incident, and Lil' Cease was charged with criminal possession of marijuana. A judge recommended that charges be dismissed if Lil' Cease exhibited good behavior for one year.
Larceny and Lil' Cease were questioned after the March arrest about their connection to a February shootout outside of New York hip-hop station Hot 97 that involved Lil' Kim (see "Lil' Kim Present At Hot 97 Shootout, Police Say"). No arrests have been made, and the investigation into that incident is still ongoing, according to police.
(This story was updated at 5:58 p.m. ET Monday, August 13, 2001.)