by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World
DuJuan Marshall who is believed to have taken part in a robbery claims that he was given a spiked marijuana cigarette that took his memory of the night in question. The New York Times reports that four young musicians comprising a band called P.M.E.R. “said they were the victims of an attack and robbery at the hands of Mr. Marshall in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.” The New York Times continues to say that they “had recently moved into a second-story apartment on a corner of Bainbridge Street when, on June 13, a man broke in with a pistol, beating them and declaring, ‘I’m moving you out.'”
Of course, Marshall denies that any of that has to do with him. According to the alleged thief, the accusations of the band members is a lie, and he was actually framed by the 81st police Precinct. The New York Times reports:
“He (Marshall) went on to profess his innocence, saying that he was given a spiked marijuana cigarette that has stolen his memory of the night, and that he is the victim of a wide-ranging conspiracy hatched by the 81st police Precinct, where he said he is ‘not liked.’ He has been arrested there before, and pleaded guilty to robbery charges stemming from a mugging in 2008.”
Despite the elaborateness of this “innocent” tale and perhaps even its impressiveness, it does not add up to the police reports and evidence that suggest he is guilty. According to reports, Marshall was not working alone. The band members were ordered to carry all of their equiment downstairs. At the bottom of the staircase, a man who was waiting there took all of the goods and ran off. Hearing all of the racket of the robbery, neighbors in the apartment complex called police to the scene. When the police arrived, however, Marshall was trapped upstairs. In a failed attempt to escape, Marshall jumped out of the apartment window landing himself a dislocated shoulder, broken fingers, and handcuffs.
Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here.