Tay-K has officially been charged with aggravated robbery for the beating of an elderly man months ago. Tay-K, whose real name is Taymor McIntyre, had his inmate report updated following his court hearing on Wednesday, Aug. 30, where he was certified as an adult in his home invasion robbery case.
Tay-K has maintained his innocence in the alleged assault, according to his attorney Trent Loftin.
Tay-K is accused of brutally beating 65-year-old Skip Pepe near his home Thursday, May 25 after 11 a.m. in Arlington, TX, NBC 5 reports.
Pepe was walking through the Cravens Park when Tay-K allegedly approached him from behind.
“I walk like six, seven miles a day, four, five days a week,” Pepe told NBC 5. “And I hear just behind me a faint voice, ‘Give me your wallet.’”
“I looked over, and sure enough, he’s got a gun pointed at me toward my head,” Pepe said.
Pepe told authorities that Tay-K – wearing a gray or white shirt and unknown color basketball shorts – was armed with a small snub-nosed black revolver.
Pepe refused to hand over his wallet and was knocked unconscious by the robber, Star-Telegram reports.
“The whole time he had his arm extended and holding the gun sideways like that, saying, ‘Give me your wallet,’” he remembered.
Pepe identified Tay-K in a photo lineup for detectives. He again identified the rapper during an interview with NBC.
“Oh yeah,” Pepe said when shown McIntyre’s photo. “That’s the one who pulled the gun on me and beat me.”
Pepe says he’ll never forget Tay-K’s face.
“Oh, I’ll never forget, I’ll never forget his face,” said victim Skip Pepe. “He looks like an all-American high school kid.”
Pepe said he was struck at how young and clean-cut McIntyre looked.
“Looks can be very, very deceiving,” Pepe said. “And he’s very deceiving.”
Pepe suffered serious injuries from the assault, including three fractured ribs, a brain bleed, and numerous cuts and scrapes.
Loftin believes Tay-K will be cleared of all charges. He issued a statement to the press following the rapper’s hearing:
“We just concluded the ‘certification transfer’ hearing for Mr. McIntre. The judge has ruled that his case should [be] moved to the adult court based on his age (and the fact that the juvenile court will lack jurisdiction soon). The judge was very clear to tell Mr. McIntyre on the record that this decision has no bearing whatsoever of his guilt/innocence in this case. After a full day hearing with numerous officers testifying under oath, officers testified there was no evidence that Mr. McIntyre engaged in any of the violent act or possessed any weapons. Mr. McIntyre remains upbeat after this hearing. I believe once all of the evidence is presented, Mr. McIntyre will be exonerated on all of the charges. We look forward to moving ahead.”
Tay-K made headlines after being on the run for several months after cutting off his ankle monitor in March. He was extradited to Fort Worth, Texas after U.S. Marshals captured him on Friday, June 30 in New Jersey.
Tay-K was then booked into Tarrant County Jail, according to the Star-Telegram.
Tay-K was arrested for the murder of 21-year-old Ethan Walker during a home invasion robbery in Mansfield, TX. He was one of seven people charged in connection with the July 26, 2016 robbery and slaying.
Tay-K is a suspect in another murder in San Antonio after fleeing house arrest, the Star-Telegram reports.
Tay-K grew in popularity after the release of his music video for song “The Race.”