A 26-year-old suspect who allegedly punched rap entertainer Dr. Dre in the face and the 23-year-old suspect who allegedly stabbed the first suspect during a music awards ceremony melee Monday, November 15th, at the Santa Monica Airport Barker Hangar have been identified by Santa Monica Police.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that the stabbing occurred inside the hangar,” said Santa Monica Police Lt. Frank Fabrega. “When officers arrived, they located a victim who had been stabbed.”
SUSPECTS NAMED — The following afternoon, Tuesday, November 16th, Santa Monica Police identified two suspects allegedly involved in the incident.
Jimmy James Johnson, a parolee whose last known address is in Los Angeles, was allegedly stabbed by David Darnell Brown, a rap entertainer known as Young Buck who was previously arrested for minor offenses in Nash- ville, Tennessee.
An arrest warrant on Brown, who is still at large, has been issued for assault with a deadly weapon. Santa Monica Police wants Brown to turn himself in.
“A video of the incident revealed that three males were in the immediate area of this melee and were seen holding knives,” said Fabrega.
“One of these individuals was identified as rap entertainer David Darnell Brown. Brown was seen with a knife in hand and attempting to reach Johnson.”
MELEE — At approximately 7:25 p.m., Dr. Dre was about to receive a lifetime achievement award presented by music mogul Quincy Jones and rap entertainer Snoop Dogg during the 2004 Vibe Awards, which was being taped by television’s UPN for a Tuesday, November 16th, national broadcast.
Johnson allegedly walked up to Dr. Dre’s front row table, appearing to ask for an autograph and punched the rapper several times in the face.
Dr. Dre’s bodyguards then allegedly subdued Johnson. As the bodyguards were trying to control Johnson, several unidentified males allegedly were trying to attack Johnson, Fabrega said.
The incident set off what Fabrega described as a “somewhat chaotic” scene among the 1,000 guests attending the ceremony.
Chairs were reportedly thrown at two uniformed Santa Monica police officers and fistfights reportedly ensued among the guests.
The ceremony’s security staff moved Johnson to an area near the stage. He was later taken to a local hospital and listed in stable condition with a “serious stab wound to the upper body,” Fabrega said.
Fabrega said police reinforcements from Beverly Hills, Culver City, West Hollywood and other neighboring areas were called to control the crowd.
Fifteen Santa Monica police officers were already stationed at the scene for special event purposes.
Police sprayed Mace inside the airport hangar at several fight participants including Brown.
Dr. Dre, whose real name is Andre Young, received his award when the ceremony resumed.
The ceremony was sponsored by Vibe Magazine, a publication that focuses on rap/hip-hop music and urban culture.
MORE SUSPECTS — Police officers and detectives are continuing their investigation and hoping to identify more suspects in the melee.
Police are asking that anyone with information regarding the incident call the Santa Monica Police watch commander’s office at (310) 458-8451.
Callers who wish to remain anonymous may call the We-Tip national hotline at (800) 782-7463.
Callers who provide information that leads to an arrest and conviction may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.