Rapper Immortal Technique was one of two men arrested following a violent confrontation with a pair of individuals selling t-shirts using his trademarked logo on Thursday night (March 25).
The rapper, whose full name was given by police as Felipe Andres Coronel, and another man were taken into custody in connection with a Thursday evening dispute that occurred at the concert venue the Observatory OC.
Officers were called to a report of an assault and robbery at 3600 South Susan Street, around the corner from the Harbor Boulevard venue, about 7:45 p.m., according to a news release from the Santa Ana Police Department.
Two victims told police they were selling T-shirts with Immortal Technique’s trademarked logo on them. The rapper was slated to perform with Talib Kweli at the Observatory that evening, with doors opening at 7 p.m.,according to the venue’s website.
The two individuals alleged they were confronted by a group of 10 to 12 members of Immortal Technique’s entourage, then had their T-shirts, cash and cellphones forcibly taken from them.
They were beaten, the duo said.
The root of the MC’s angst, of course, was in not receiving any profit off of the shirts. Steven Alexander McDaniel, the other man arrested, is Technique’s tour manager. The two were arrested under suspicion of robbery and attempting to dissuade a witness from reporting the crime.
Police allowed Technique to perform to keep the crowd from becoming unruly, the Orange County Register reported. Both men have been released.
Photo: Santa Ana Police Dept.