Hardcore MC Noreaga spent less than two hours Tuesday (Sept. 8) in the holding cell of the Harrisburg, Pa., police department while awaiting arraignment on allegations that he beat a 16-year-old concert-goer after a performance last month.
The 20-year-old Queens, N.Y., rapper born Victor Santiago turned himself in to Pennsylvania authorities around 6 p.m. EDT, according to Detective William Jackson. Noreaga is alleged to have beaten the teen-ager following a concert for which the rapper was four hours late and performed only one song.
He was arraigned on a charge of aggravated assault in Dauphin County District Justice Court before Justice Roy Bridges on Tuesday evening, according to a court secretary who declined to give her name. Bail was set for $25,000, which Noreaga met. A hearing is expected for later this month.
The perpetually tardy Noreaga, who before taking the mic served time in prison for attempted murder, was also several hours late for Tuesday's police booking. He had previously arranged to give himself up between 10 a.m. and noon, Jackson said.
"He was in a very good mood, very cooperative," Jackson said Tuesday evening.
A warrant was issued for Noreaga's arrest on the morning of Aug. 29, after police failed to locate the rapper following his show at the Zembo Mosque in Harrisburg.
The evening before, the hardcore rhymer arrived for his concert four hours late. When he left the stage after berating the audience and performing just one song, an angry crowd followed Noreaga and his entourage to the parking lot, according to Jackson, who was working the event off duty as a security staffer.
After a bicycle was thrown, which missed the rapper's Ford Expedition, Noreaga and his bodyguard allegedly got out of the vehicle and beat Colin Burns. Burns was treated and released from Polyclinic Hospital.
Still at large is the bodyguard, listed with police as John Doe. Neither Noreaga nor his attorney, who accompanied him on Tuesday, would reveal the bodyguard's real name.
Noreaga broke out on the hip-hop scene last year, when he and his partner Capone released the well-received album The War Report, which includes the track "Blood Money." The pair met in 1992 in a prison kitchen, when both were serving time for attempted murder in unrelated cases. Shortly after The War Report's release, Capone returned to prison on a parole violation; while in prison he produced Noreaga's solo album, N.O.R.E., by phone.
Noreaga's label, Penalty Records, is expected to make a statement on Wednesday (Sept. 9), according to spokeswoman Zenobia Simmons.