Rap artist 1WayFrank run has finally come to an end in Indiana after spending the past seven months escaping. Selassie Irie Ward, 24, faces 14 theft-related charges in connection with vehicle break-ins that happened in Whitewater Memorial State Park in Liberty, Indiana, earlier this year.
Selassie Ward is charged for breaking into three cars on March 22 and March 28, 2019, and attempted to apprehend them. He allegedly stole the car owners’ credit cards, purses, gift cards, and more, which he further used to purchase thousands in gift cards from Dollar General, Walgreen’s, and Kroger in Liberty and Oxford, Ohio.
Police tracked his SUV, which they received a description of from a witness, to a home in Liberty on March 28. They recognized Ward from a report provided by a Dollar General employee.
Police Officers approached Ward, and another man name Gregory J. Greene with whom he was with, and they smelled a strong odor of marijuana. When an officer attempted to handcuff Ward due to safety reasons, Ward, on its own, tried to run away. When the officer tried to catch him, Ward kicked and punched while reverting to the officer. The officer suffered a hip fracture and was unable to run after him.
Ward was arrested in late October by the Police was charged facing a Level 5 felony assault on a public safety officer, Two Level 6 felony counts of theft, and 11 misdemeanors. Four of the misdeeds are for unauthorized entry of a motor vehicle, and three are for theft, another three are for criminal mischief, and another one for resisting law enforcement. Greene was the other man who was also hit with similar charges, but after reaching a plea bargain, he was sentenced to 1,000 days behind bars, which equals roughly two years and eight months.
Ward stage name is 1WayFrank. In 2014, he had a viral YouTube video with his song “Aye Girl.” 1WayFrank is also known for his Sunland Stunna From Lauderdale mixtapes.