First posted 11/14/2008 1:13 p.m.
A Chicago rapper wanted for his alleged part in an Oak Park bank robbery was arrested last week by downstate Carbondale police. The FBI said in a press release Thursday that Terrance Boykin, 28, was taken into custody without incident just after a routine traffic stop.
In September, federal prosecutors produced an indictment accusing Boykin of being one of two men who robbed $108,135 from the 800 W. Madison branch of Chase Bank on the morning of Jan. 4, 2007.
According to Oak Park police, the pair walked through the bank’s front door just after 9 a.m. and walked up to a teller station, where one of them pointed a handgun at the teller. After getting the cash, the two men fled the bank to an “older blue automobile, possibly a Saturn.”
The incident was recorded by bank surveillance cameras.
Boykin will soon be returned to Chicago to be arraigned in federal court. He faces 20 years in prison, if convicted on the robbery and a related gun charge.
Boykin, whose last known address is 1255 S. State St., Chicago, is known in rap circles as Bump J. He earned local notoriety in 2004 for the Chicago hit, “Move Around,” which was produced by superstar Kanye West.
Bump J has a new record out, “Chevy Fresh Out.” In a Web site interview earlier this year, Boykin opined that things are looking up, with the record, a possible record deal and his continuing to work with the ultra-high profile West.
“So this will be the 2008 resurrection?” his interviewer asked.
“Exactly,” Boykin said.