LIBERTY, Ind. — Rap artist 1WayFrank found a way to evade arrest last March, but he’ll soon be on his way back to east-central Indiana.
Selassie Irie Ward, 24, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has been apprehended, according to a Union County Sheriff’s Office social media post, which did not say where he had been caught. Ward will be extradited to Union County to face 14 charges connected to vehicle break-ins at Whitewater State Park.
Ward performs as 1WayFrank, and he had a viral YouTube video with his song “Aye Girl” during 2014. Additional music projects have also been posted on YouTube and a variety of social media platforms.
Authorities did not know why Ward was in Union County with another Fort Lauderdale man, Gregory J. Greene, last March, according to news releases at the time. Law enforcement encountered the pair while investigating a string of break-ins during the last week of March at the state park.
Greene, who cooperated with law enforcement, was apprehended at the time, but Ward managed to flee. An arrest warrant was issued for Ward after probable cause was found for charges against him. Bond was set at $75,000.
Union County Prosecutor A.J. Bryson charged Ward with Level 5 felony battery causing injury to a public safety officer and with two Level 6 felony counts of theft. Ward is also charged with 11 misdemeanors: four for unauthorized entry of a motor vehicle, three for theft, three for criminal mischief and one for resisting law enforcement.
A Level 5 felony conviction carries a standard three-year sentence with a sentencing range of one to six years as established by the Indiana legislature. A Level 6 felony conviction has a one-year standard sentence and a range of one to 2½ years.
Greene was charged with two Level 6 felony counts of theft and with 10 misdemeanors: four for unauthorized entry of a motor vehicle, three for theft and three for criminal mischief. He pleaded guilty July 31 to one of the felony theft charges, to the three criminal mischief charges and to the three misdemeanor theft charges after reaching a plea agreement.
Judge Matthew R. Cox sentenced Greene to a total of 1,000 days of incarceration, which is about two years and eight months.
Greene was apprehended and Ward was last seen March 28 when they encountered a Liberty Police officer. Ward allegedly resisted law enforcement and fled on foot. Pursuing officers lost sight of him and a K-9 search could not find him.
During a search of Ward’s vehicle, a “1way” necklace medallion and a silver, star-shaped pinky ring were located. Both jewelry pieces were identified in Instagram posts and music videos made by Ward, according to the March release.