Rapper 21 Savage booked, released from Liberty County jail

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FILE – In this Aug. 20, 2018, file photo, 21 Savage poses in the press room at the MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York. A lawyer for 21 Savage says Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, that the Grammy-nominated rapper, whose given name is She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, has been released on […]

Two days after being released from federal immigration custody, rapper 21 Savage surrendered to Liberty County jail on a felony warrant.

The rapper, whose given name is She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was booked in Hinesville on a Theft by Deception charge and released shortly after.

His mugshot is not being released at this time.

The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office told News 3 the warrant originated from 2016. 21 Savage was booked for a gig at Club Bomaz by a Liberty County resident.

Authorities were not able to disclose the promoter’s name.

“I think there was an amount paid before and on the night he arrived he was given $17,000,” explained Lt. Chris Reed.

The rapper apparently did not perform that night and left with the money he was paid. The person who arranged the performance then went to the magistrate’s office and was granted a warrant for Theft by Deception.

The warrant sat until the past few weeks when 21 Savage was taken into custody by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

“During the time that Mr. Joseph was arrested by ICE, the citizen contacted the sheriff’s office and wanted to make sure that the warrant was still active and that Mr. Joseph was picked up,” said Lt. Reed.

He added that arrangements began Tuesday for the rapper to turn himself in.

“To be honest with you, we tried to keep it as low profile as we could,” said Liberty County Sheriff Steve Sikes. “We honored his request and got him in and got him out.”

Sikes described the rapper as articulate, well mannered and “a very pleasant young man.”

“I think he’s trying to face the past, and face what he’s done with the past,” said Sikes. “Get those things rectified and move on with life. So I’m all for a young man that’s trying to help himself.”

Lt. Reed said the rapper’s booking and bond process went smoothly.

“He went through his bond process like anyone else would,” said Reed.

21 Savage was released on his own recognizance, meaning he did not have to pay bail and promised to appear in court as required.

The sheriff’s office was not able to provide further information on future court appearances.

When asked how he felt about the attention from various outlets, including TMZ, the sheriff said he has gotten “several calls,” but isn’t surprised by it.

“I’ll tell you, in this job you don’t ever know what you’re going to see next,” Sikes said. “So nothing really shocks me anymore.”

Contributions to this report made by Lewis Levine, Coastal News Service

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