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Aspiring Rapper Update

Posted on | June 15, 2024 | Comments Off on Aspiring Rapper Update

Tyquian Terrel Bowman, a/k/a “Quando Rondo”

Has it really been five months since we last did one of these? Please excuse my negligence and, since it’s been a while, permit me to remind you of the categorical definition:

Aspiring Rapper
North American euphemism for a member of the urban criminal class. This unusual occupation is usually mentioned in conjunction with the subject either being slain or being taken into custody for a violent or property-related crime. A relative of the subject usually points out that the subject’s demise or incarceration comes at an extremely inopportune moment, occurring just as the subject was “turning they(sic) life around.”

It was in November 2020 that the name “Quando Rondo” appeared here, in connection with the arrest of Timothy “Lil Tim” Leeks, who was charged in the murder of rapper Dayvon Bennett, a/k/a “King Von,” outside a club in Atlanta. Leeks is from Savannah, which is also the hometown of Tyquian “Quando Rondo” Bowman, and police said they were known associates. In September 2021, while the murder charges in the Atlanta case were still pending, and Leeks was out on $100,000 bond, he got arrested in Savannah:

Timothy Leeks, the suspect charged with the murder of Chicago rapper King Von in early Nov. 2020 in Atlanta, was arrested in Savannah on Sept. 21 for 13 separate traffic violations, including reckless driving and fleeing police.
According to an open records request, those charges also include obstructing or hindering law enforcement officers, two charges of speeding in excess of maximum limits, failure to maintain lane, improper turn/lane change, driving on the wrong side of roadway, failure to obey traffic control devices, failure to yield while turning left, failure to stop at a stop sign, following too closely, and passing in a no-passing zone.
Officer Damascus Chambers of the Georgia State Patrol arrested Leeks at the intersection of Derenne Avenue, Abercorn Street and Waters Avenue, according to the same open records request.

Last August, prosecutors in Fulton County — you know, the same prosecutors who want to send Donald Trump to prison for racketeering? — dropped the murder charges against Leeks. Although there was no official explanation for dropping the charges, it has been widely speculated that it was because they could not disprove Leeks’ claim that he acted in self-defense. When rival rap crews get into an altercation outside a nightclub, it’s fair to assume that everybody is packing heat, which makes it difficult to prove a murder charge, because anyone you charge can claim self-defense. So “King Von” is still dead, and nobody’s going to prison for it. Meanwhile, in Savannah . . .

A Savannah rapper was taken into custody Friday night [December 8, 2023] by the FBI.
Quando Rondo, whose real name is Tyquian Terrel Bowman, was arrested after being served a warrant, the Savannah Police Department confirmed to News 3.
Arrest records list the charge as a federal custody hold.
SPD said Bowman was a passenger in a car that was pulled over around midnight on Friday.
The arrest comes nearly six months after Bowman was indicted on four felony charges, including violating the Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act.
Bowman also has a previous non-violent felony conviction on his record from 2017.

Let’s quote the federal prosecutor’s announcement:

Multiple defendants have been charged in a partially unsealed 14-count federal indictment alleging their involvement in a drug trafficking conspiracy in the Savannah area. The indictment follows a prior related indictment in which two individuals also are charged in a violent carjacking.
The indictment in USA v. Grant et al. alleges that the defendants conspired starting at least as early as January 2021 to possess and distribute illegal drugs including methamphetamine, cocaine, fentanyl, and marijuana, said Jill E. Steinberg, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia. A conviction on the conspiracy charge carries a statutory sentence of up to 20 years in prison, along with substantial fines and penalties, followed by a period of supervised release upon completion of any prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.
“As our law enforcement partners continue to identify, infiltrate and disrupt drug trafficking operations threatening the safety of our community, we remain dedicated to complementing their efforts by holding accountable those involved in these criminal enterprises,” said U.S. Attorney Steinberg.
The indictment charges all of the defendants with Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute and to Distribute Methamphetamine, Cocaine, Fentanyl, and Marijuana. Three defendants still are being sought.
Those named in the partially unsealed indictment include:

• Tremaine Grant, a/k/a “Trench,” 24, of Savannah;
• Laron Thompson, a/k/a “Hollywood,” 38, of Savannah;
Tyquian Bowman, a/k/a “Quando Rondo,” 24, of Savannah;
• Donald Davis, a/k/a “Lil’ D,” 29, of Savannah;
• Ty’Sean Davis, a/k/a “Stro,” 21, of Savannah;
• Jarrell Palmer, a/k/a “Rel,” 36, of Pooler, Ga.

Thompson and Grant also face drug distribution charges. Grant and Palmer are charged with Conspiracy to Interfere with Commerce by Robbery, and Grant and Thompson face firearms charges.
The indictment provides notice of forfeiture of seven seized handguns and dozens of rounds of ammunition.
Two additional defendants — Robert Moss, a/k/a “Fat Boy,” 32, and Brandon McCall Williams, a/k/a “Lil’ B,” a/k/a “Dough Boy,” 32, both of Savannah — were already arraigned in connection with a partially unsealed indictment charging them in a related drug-trafficking conspiracy and alleging their involvement in a Sept. 2021 Savannah carjacking in which the victim was shot and wounded. An additional defendant is still being sought.

Seems kind of serious. Not to change the subject, but did you hear about the mass shooting last month in Savannah?

An argument between two women led to a gunfight that left 11 people hurt in a busy tourist area of Savannah, Georgia, late Saturday [May 18], one of five weekend shootings in the city, two of which were fatal, authorities said.
Two people were injured in separate shootings Friday. Two more shootings Saturday resulted in two deaths. Then came the gunfire just before midnight Saturday near Savannah’s Ellis Square.
The shooting broke out as two women argued in an area business, according to Police Chief Lenny Gunther, who didn’t name the establishment.
“One shot rang out. That triggered other individuals to shoot,” he said. “We had multiple individuals discharge their weapons to shoot at each other, which resulted in multiple people getting shot.”
Ten of the 11 injured were hit by gunfire. Authorities did not say what caused the 11th injury.

With all the media obsession with “gun violence,” you would think this incident might have gotten coverage nationwide, but it appears to have been treated as strictly local news, for some reason.

Seven suspects have been charged in connection to the Ellis Square mass shooting, and I dare say none of them are Trump voters. And just in case you’re wondering why I’m mentioning this now:

Court filing sheds light on Quando Rondo gang affiliation
Tyquian Bowman, otherwise known as Savannah-based rapper Quando Rondo, is facing charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of controlled substances.
The latest court filing in the case reveals U.S. attorneys are calling witnesses to testify on Bowman’s alleged gang affiliations in Savannah.
Some of the local groups mentioned in the court filing are Only the Mob, Jumpout Gang and Family Over Everything.
Federal prosecutors say Bowman had ties to two of those groups and several others.
From this time last year until now, the city of Savannah has seen about a 16 percent increase in drug-related crimes.
“Most of our gang activity has been related to drugs, not necessarily violence,” said Savannah Mayor Van Johnson.
However, there have also been 12 more homicides than this time in 2023. . . .
Johnson did acknowledge several suspects arrested in connection to the Ellis Square mass shooting last month are convicted felons, raising questions about whether any of them have gang affiliations.

“King Von” could not be reached for comment.



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