Rapper Foxy Brown Burglarized At Gunpoint

The armed men claimed they had a delivery and then forced the hip-hop artist's mother into a bathroom.

Foxy Brown (a.k.a. Inga Marchand) became the second rapper in two weeks to

be the victim of a "push-in"-style burglary when two men forced their way into

her Brooklyn, N.Y., home, brandishing a handgun, late Wednesday morning.

According to New York City Police spokesperson George Jensen, an

unidentified black man knocked on the door of the rapper's home in the

Brooklyn neighborhood of Prospect Heights at about 11 a.m. Wednesday,

claming to be delivering a package.

When the door was answered by Judith Marchand, Foxy Brown's mother, the

man pushed his way into the apartment and was followed by another

unidentified black man who was brandishing a handgun, police said.

"They forced the victim into a bathroom and then went upstairs," Jensen

explained. "[Foxy's mother] then escaped and called police and the suspects

fled the scene." Nothing appears to have been taken from the home, Jensen

said, adding that no injuries were sustained by the 19-year-old rapper, her

mother or the two other people in the house at the time of the attempted

robbery.

"There are no suspects at this time," Jensen said. "And an investigation has

been opened."

As of Thursday afternoon (July 9), DefJam spokesperson Gabrielle Peluso had

no immediate comment on the attempted robbery. Foxy Brown, who scored a hit

last year with "Big Bad Mamma," with Dru Hill, was expected to be issuing a

statement later in the day.

On June 30, iconoclastic Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard was the victim

of a similar-style robbery at his cousin's apartment in Brooklyn. In that case, two

unidentified assailants entered the unlocked front door and took a bracelet and

some cash from the rapper before shooting him in the back and left arm. He

walked out of the hospital early in the morning of July 1, before he could be

discharged.

Jensen said that police currently did not know if the two cases were related, but

have launched an investigation.

Foxy Brown's debut album, Ill Na Na, was released in 1996 on DefJam

and found the rapper sharing the mic with such major rap players as Jay-Z and

Method Man. She and Dru Hill scored a hit last year with "Big Bad Mamma,"

from DefJam's How To Be A Player. She also teamed up with fellow-rappers Nas, AZ and Nature to form a group called the Firm and saw their

The Firm -- The Album, which included the tune

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"Five Minutes To Flush" (RealAudio excerpt), climb to the upper

echelons of the Billboard 200 albums chart.