Alleged Crips rapper denied bail for gun and drugs charges

BARRIE – An alleged member of the Crips street gang who police say was arrested at Wasaga Beach with cocaine and a loaded gun will remain behind bars, a Justice of the Peace ruled Wednesday.

Jerome Pantlitz-Solomon, 20, of Mississauga, is charged with possession of a loaded handgun, possession of cocaine for the purposes of trafficking, and fleeing the scene of a car crash.

He was arrested with co-accused, Jalen Pitt, 20, at Wasaga Beach on Sept. 12 after the two were under surveillance by Peel Regional police.

Police arrested both men with the cocaine, a wad of cash and a loaded handgun that was smuggled over the boarder from Washington, court heard during his bail hearing.

Just weeks before the arrest, Pantlitz-Solomon’s identical twin brother, Jason, a third-year university criminology student with no criminal record, was gunned down in downtown Windsor in what police are calling a gang-related killing. The dead brother had put up $5,000 bail for his brother after he was charged with assault one week earlier in an unrelated incident.

Police allege Pantlitz-Solomon is a member of the Acorn Place Crips — a cell of the notorious Crips gang that has members across North America.

Acorn Place is a low-income social housing complex made up of four buildings and row houses in Mississauga.  He grew up at Acorn Place but at the age of 16 he became a ward of the Children’s Aid Society and still receives a monthly allowance of $1,000 in the extended care program, court heard.

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 Pantlitz-Solomon is a rapper, who performs under the name as J Solo, and has a YouTube rap videotaped outside Acorn Place where he praises gang violence.

In court, his mother, father and grandmother presented themselves as sureties and said their church, Kingdom House Christian Centre, would assist with supervision.

But Justice of the Peace Ann Forfar noted Pantlitz-Solomon already has a criminal record and was prohibited from owning a weapon.

“Jerome, over the past four years, you have been convicted of violent offences and you have outstanding charges,” said Forfar. “I do believe that if you were to be released you would reoffend.”

 He will be back in court Oct. 22.

Source:: Toronto Sun – Movies