When they aren't busy backing Beyoncé, the singer's band is making headlines fighting crime. On Tuesday, drummer Nisan Stewart, guitarist Shaun Carrington and bassist Kern Brantley stopped the carjacking of a 91-year-old man in West Palm Beach, Florida.
According to police, Reynold Caleen was held at knifepoint by Malcolm Clemons, a convicted felon, in a Walgreens parking lot. Police say that Clemons tried to take Caleen's wallet, but the elderly man fought back. As the suspect attempted to drive off in Caleen's car, the bandmembers — en route to see a movie — pulled their rented minivan in front of him, blocking his escape.
When Clemons got out of the car and began to run, the musicians chased him on foot. While Adrian Bush, a Walgreens employee, brought down the suspect, the three bandmembers held him until police arrived. The suspect was later charged with armed carjacking and battery on a person over the age of 65, which is a felony in Florida.
"We try to employ those individuals that fall under the criteria set forth by Beyoncé: talent, passion, work ethics and overall being just a good person," the singer's father and manager, Mathew Knowles, said Thursday. "So we are not surprised that the members of her band were good citizens, yet we are very proud of their efforts of bravery."
The Destiny's Child singer's band was in town rehearsing for the Ladies First Tour, starring Beyoncé, Alicia Keys and Missy Elliott (see "Missy Predicts Friendly Competition On Tour With Alicia, Beyonce"). The 25-city tour kicks off March 12 in Sunrise, Florida.