While police look for leads in separate but similar-style armed burglaries in Brooklyn, N.Y., involving rappers Foxy Brown and Ol' Dirty Bastard, Brown said Friday morning (July 10) that she was relieved to have survived the recent break-in of her mother's brownstone.
"I never dreamed when I entered the music business that I would become a target of such a malicious attempt to harm myself and my family," Brown said in a statement issued two days after the crime. "We feel extremely blessed to have survived such an unfortunate ordeal."
On Wednesday morning, 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 unidentified black men with a gun forced their way into her mother's home. The men fled the scene when Brown's mother, whom they shoved into a bathroom, escaped and called police.
On July 30, Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard (a.k.a. Russell Jones) was shot in the back and left arm following a similar-style robbery by two unidentified black men at his cousin's apartment in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, located just three miles from the home of Foxy Brown's mother in Park Slope.
While the robbers in both crimes brandished a gun, no shots were fired and no items were taken in the Foxy Brown break-in. On the other hand, ODB suffered superficial gunshot wounds and was robbed of a gold bracelet and cash.
Police spokesperson Cadet Timothy Brown said on Friday morning (July 10) that the investigation into the attempted robberies is ongoing and that investigators currently had no suspects in either case.
When asked if police had ruled out a connection between the Foxy Brown incident and the ODB case, Cadet Brown responded only by saying, "A case has been opened and the investigation has yet to yield suspects or leads."
In her statement, Brown, who still lives in Brooklyn, pointed out that celebrities are often criticized for leaving their old neighborhoods once they get famous, and thanked her fans for their support. "I must now put this unfortunate event behind me," she continued, "and move forward as I focus on the completion of my sophomore album from which I am currently recording."
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 climb to the upper echelons of the Billboard 200 albums chart.
DefJam spokesperson Gabrielle Peluso said Friday (July 10) that Foxy Brown's next album did not have a title or track listing yet, but that it was due to be released in the first quarter of next year.