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 "Five Minutes To Flush" (RealAudio excerpt), climb to the upper echelons of the Billboard 200 albums chart.