Female rapper running for mayor arrested after staging kidnapping

Female rapper running to be the first black mayor of South Carolina town is arrested after ‘staging her own kidnapping and beating’ and broadcasting it live on Facebook to ‘gain sympathy votes’

  • Sabrina Belcher, 29, was arrested and charged with conspiracy and filing a false police report after allegedly streaming her staged kidnapping to Facebook
  • Alleged accomplice Christopher James Eaddy, 34, was also charged with conspiracy in the case, Sumter PD said in a news release
  • Eaddy told officers Belcher hired him to help stage the incident and make it look like an opposing candidate in the election was behind the attack 
  • In footage of the alleged incident, Belcher is shown driving in her car as a man, who is not visible in frame, is heard ordering her to ‘f***ing drive’ 
  • The assailant then warns, ‘I’m going to f***ing kill this b***h,’ several times as Belcher cries in apparent distress as she’s struck several times 
  • ‘They staged a kidnapping and beating in order to garner publicity, sympathy and votes in the November election,’ Sumter Police said 

A female rapper running to become the first black mayor of a South Carolina town has been arrested on accusations she staged her own kidnapping and beating, streaming the incident live on Facebook to gain sympathy votes.

Sabrina Belcher, 29, was arrested and charged with conspiracy and filing a false police report after Sumter police say the footage she broadcasted live on Facebook of her being kidnapped, beaten and robbed earlier this week was all part of an elaborate ruse.

Alleged accomplice Christopher James Eaddy, 34, was also charged with conspiracy in the case, Sumter PD said in a news release.

According to their arrest warrants, Eaddy told officers Belcher hired him to help stage the incident and make it look like an opposing candidate in the election was behind the attack. Police say Belcher confessed to staging the crime.

‘They staged a kidnapping and beating in order to garner publicity, sympathy and votes in the November election,’ the department said.

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Sabrina Belcher, 29, was arrested and charged with conspiracy and filing a false police report after Sumter police say the footage she broadcasted live on Facebook of her being kidnapped, beaten and robbed earlier this week was all part of an elaborate ruse. Alleged accomplice Christopher Eaddy was arrested too (right)

According to their arrest warrants, Eaddy told officers Belcher hired him to help stage the incident and make it look like an opposing candidate in the election was behind the attack

The incident began Tuesday when Belcher walked into the police department to meet with officers just before 11:30pm, where she told them she had been ‘assaulted and kidnapped by an unknown man during an attempted robbery,’ police said.

According to investigators, Belcher was injured and she also told them the man had knocked out the windows of her car during the assault.

Police said Belcher was taken to the nearby Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital for her injuries to be assessed and she was later released.

In footage of the staged kidnapping, Belcher is shown driving in her car as a man, who is not visible in frame, is heard ordering her to ‘f***ing drive’ through gritted teeth.

At the beginning of the three minute clip, the man is seen pulling Belcher by the hair as she’s driving, telling her ‘b***h I told you not to f*** with me.’

Belcher is heard pleading with the man, screaming for him to stop. The man continues to strike and jostle with Belcher as she was driving.

The assailant then warns, ‘I’m going to f***ing kill this b***h,’ several times as Belcher cries in apparent distress.

In several instances she glances down to the camera, telling the man ‘I’m sorry … I’m sorry’, as he tells her to take the next left turn.

‘Make a left b***h or Imma f***ing kill you,’ he warns again.

When the vehicle appears to come to a halt, the man grabs Belcher and the two become ensnared in a struggle.

While much of the altercation is obscured in darkness, the man appears to be hitting and pulling at Belcher, as she screams ‘I’ve got kids, I’ve got kids.’

The man then appears to striker her with a metal bat three times in the stomach. Belcher looks at the camera again and puts her hands up to her face as if to stop blood from pouring out from her nose.

The sound of windows smashing is then heard, with the man seemingly smashing the passenger and driver’s side windows, as well as the windshield, as Belcher initially reported to police.

Police say Belcher admitted to orchestrating and faking the crime. She allegedly paid Eaddy to beat her and damage her car

Belcher, meanwhile appears to take cover from the shattering glass. She is pulled out from the car and the video comes to an abrupt end, showing the shattered windscreen.

In reporting the incident, police say Belcher gave a fake name for her attacker.

‘Officers later determined she was in contact with Eaddy whom she had worked with days prior to concoct and stage the reported incident,’ police said.

Belcher had reportedly attempted to ‘discredit a fellow candidate’ in the video, police said, declining to specify further. They also said she and Eaddy had ‘ongoing plans to smear other mayoral candidates.’

According to their arrest warrants, Eaddy told officers Belcher hired him to help stage the incident and make it look like an opposing candidate in the election was behind the attack.

He also reportedly sad Belcher agreed to pay Eaddy to damage her vehicle and simulate assault. Police say Belcher admitted to orchestrating and faking the crime.

‘This was simply an effort to create disorder and discontent in our community for personal gain,’ Police Chief Russell Roark said in the news release. ‘As a result, a valuable number of resources, including personnel, man hours of the police department as well as local medical professionals, were wasted based on false information.’

Police declined to specify which of the five other mayoral candidates Belcher reportedly attempted to smear. Her opponents include two city council members and a controversial former S.C. congressional candidate, Archie Parnell, The State reported.

Belcher had reportedly attempted to ‘discredit a fellow candidate’ in the video, police said, declining to specify further. They also said she and Eaddy had ‘ongoing plans to smear other mayoral candidates’

A GoFundMe campaign set up by Belcher for her campaign had reached just $25 of its $10,000 goal by Monday afternoon, after nearly a month since it was launched. The total sum was made in one single donation from an anonymous source

Parnell ran for Congress in 2018 when decades-old allegations that he had beaten his ex-wife surfaced.

According to Belcher’s campaign page on Facebook, she is the first ‘Black female candidate ever to run’. Sumter has a population that is 47.9 percent Black, Census.gov statistics show.

The page describes her as ‘a decorated community activist and local volunteer’ as well as a volunteer firefighter in Sumter County. Her platform includes a bid for ‘24/7 police presence during school bus hours to help protect our children.’

‘It’s not so much about the race because I have actually lived here long enough to see that there’s a lot of different injustices and things that could be better,’ Belcher said in a June interview with a local newspaper. ‘We are learning to come together, and we are learning to show that it’s not about the color of your skin.’

A GoFundMe campaign set up by Belcher for her campaign had reached just $25 of its $10,000 goal by Monday afternoon, after nearly a month since it was launched. The total sum was made in one single donation from an anonymous source.

Belcher is charged with filing a false police report of a felony and conspiracy. Eaddy is charged with conspiracy. Both were booked Wednesday at the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center and have since posted bail.

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