GALENA — A St. Louis-based rapper who fled from a southeast Kansas traffic stop and feuded with police on Facebook, has turned himself in and even brought along a peace offering of doughnuts when he surrendered.
According to reports, a feud started after two people bailed from a vehicle that a Galena officer attempted to stop for speeding on June 10. Police posted screenshots of Tyrone Amos' Facebook page in which he described himself hiding in a bush afterward. The department also changed its profile picture to a bush.
After Amos surrendered Wednesday with doughnuts, the department again changed its profile picture to a selfie of Sergeant Blaine Cornelius with Amos in handcuffs. Amos was booked into the county jail on a $1,500 bond. The post ended with "One of ya'll need to go #FreeM3GAPHON3," a reference to Amos' rap name.
Amos was booked into the Cherokee County Jail on charges of Possession of certain hallucinogenic drugs, DWS, Transporting an open container, Use/possess drug paraphernalia, Interference with LEO;Obstruct/resist arrest, and Defective tail lamp on motor vehicle. He has since been released on bond.
The story has since gone viral on social media and been picked up by the Associated Press, due largely to a post from Sergeant Cornelius on the Galena Police Department's Facebook page, which reads in part:
"On June 13, 2018, at about 1700 hours, I found myself starting to worry a certain someone was not going to show up as he had promised. I heard a faint knock at the front door of the police department and my heart jumped! I was elated to find a slightly apprehensive young man standing at our door with a *relatively* fresh box of Krispy Kreme donuts under his arm, and a warm smile that said, 'I come in peace, please don’t hurt me.'
Without even verifying his identification, I knew in that moment it was Tyrone Amos. We exchanged gratuities and over a slice of fresh chicken bacon ranch pizza, I explained to him our travel plans while I filled out some last minute paperwork. Mr. Amos was served with his copy of a municipal warrant and we embarked on a journey to the Cherokee County Jail. I let him ride up front and we got to know a little about each other along the way.
I learned Tyrone and I have a lot in common. We both enjoy expressing ourselves through creative writing. He raps and sings to peoples delight, I sing until my kids tell me to stop. Both of us served in the US Army and attended Basic Training at Ft. Benning Georgia. We commiserated about the heat and the sand. We even shared some conspiracy theories along the way.
One of the greatest things we shared was our fears. Tyrone told me stories of some negative experiences he’s had with Law Enforcement along his path. He shared with me the fears his family had for him turning himself in. I shared with him what it feels like to wear a bullet proof vest to work every day, wear a tourniquet on my hip, and deal with the emotional taxation incurred by moving forward, when every instinct of self-preservation you have, tells you to run away.
We didn’t solve the world’s problems, but we put a dent in them. A very small seemingly insignificant dent in the grand scheme of things, but one that meant a great deal to us! Tyrone was booked into the county jail on a $1,500 Cash/Surety bond. One of ya’ll need to go #FreeM3GAPHON3"