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Cops: Rapper Cassidy Is Suspect in MURDER Case

5/16/2011 9:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

UPDATE: A lawyer for Cassidy tells TMZ the cops have it all wrong ... insisting Cassidy was ONLY arrested for not checking in with his probation officer ... and NOT murder.

The lawyer tells us Cassidy is still on probation from an involuntary manslaughter conviction a few years ago ... and tells us he has not heard anything about Cassidy being named as a suspect in a NEW murder case. 

Rapper Cassidy -- famous for his hit "I'm a Hustla" -- has been named a suspect in a murder case AND two attempted murder cases in Philadelphia ... this according to law enforcement.

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TMZ has learned ... Cassidy was arrested in Hackensack, New Jersey this weekend on a probation violation ... and according to the Hackensack PD, the arrest was made in connection with the alleged crimes in Philadelphia.

Cops tell us ... police in Philly had phoned in a favor to the Hackensack PD -- telling them to arrest Cassidy on the probation violation ... and warned them "to consider [Cassidy] armed and dangerous,” saying it was a “high-risk warrant".

Undercover officers with the Hackensack PD followed the 28-year-old rapper -- real name Barry Reese -- and arrested him during a felony motor vehicle stop.

Cassidy previously did an eight month jail stint for involuntary manslaughter, aggravated assault and possession of an instrument of crime. He was released in 2006.

TMZ has learned Cassidy is still in custody in NJ -- bail was set at $200,000.
 

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16.

dd    

Bye Bye HUSTLA...

1223 days ago
17.

piratesrule8    

Isn't cassidy a girls name ?

1223 days ago
18.

two cents    

LOL Chaz, I think you're onto something.

1222 days ago
19.

Nicole     

piratesrule8 16 minutes ago

Isn't cassidy a girls name ?
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His rap name is Cassidy and his son is called Cassidy but his real name is Barry Adrian Reese.


Innocent until proven guilty.
Hopefully Cassidy was sincere in his B.A.R.S album.

1222 days ago
20.

WHITE hip hop fan    

WOW! lol...How does this turn into being about black or white?! how many WHITE killers are there?! a lot. lol. also, "suspect" in no way means "HE DID IT"...You people, i swear lol..take any chance to get on your computer and talk ****..SMH!

1222 days ago
21.

Sherms    

Now who is THIS dude?? Goodness...these so-called "rappers" just keep coming out of the woodwork.

1222 days ago
22.

rick    

did anyone notice he served ONLY 8 months for killing someone before???????????? That is absurd...

1222 days ago
23.

xxxtahcee06    

So dam stupid

1222 days ago
24.

WHITE hip hop fan    

LOLOL!! "Who is this guy" He has been around a while..Also, has been a ghost writer for diddy. Damn you guys are ignorant! haha

1222 days ago
25.

janet    

@Sexymamma

I didn't mention any name, you did.

Reese get's caught in Hackensack, NJ. Isn't that ironic, that's where the Bergen County NJ jail is located. That would not be a long drive. And that's where he is at.

$200k bond. So far no one has posted bond.

1222 days ago
26.

Randy    

So, we have one rap star under arrest for murder and another rap star dead after being shot in a drive-by. No, there's nothing controversial about the image rapstars make of themeselves, is there?Anybody heard from C-Murder lately? No? Wonder why. Oh, that's right, he's in prison for , what is it again? Oh yeah, MURDER.Nothing against young black men trying to express themselves musically, but the image I see mostly is rich thugs that think they are above the law.

1222 days ago
27.

Gary    

@two cents.. Sounds like a good plan only if you' re the first to die...

1222 days ago
28.

Nem    

And why do you think he was in Jersey...... Hmmmm I wonder maybe because the person that sign him to Krossover Ent is now playing for the Knicks.. Man this is gonna be very bad press for Carmelo Anthony....smh

1222 days ago
29.

lastonesleft    

Why do some white people thing there better then every other race.Are they full of them self or full of s##t?

1222 days ago
30.

jami_000    

wow.

1222 days ago
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