LIBERTY, Ind. — Perhaps 1WayFrank should be known as RunAwayFrank, because that’s what he’s done again.
Selassie Ward, 24, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, who performs as rap artist 1WayFrank, is for the second time on the lam from Indiana authorities. An arrest warrant was issued last month for Ward after he failed to appear for a pre-trial hearing in Union County Circuit Court.
Ward previously evaded authorities for about seven months after fleeing officers investigating vehicle break-ins last March at Whitewater State Park.
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.
Those charges resulted in an arrest warrant being issued for Ward, who was eventually apprehended out of state during October. He was extradited to Indiana and spent the night Nov. 4 in the Wayne County Jail as a courtesy to Union County.
After Ward posted $7,500 cash to satisfy a $75,000 bond, he was released from custody. He then missed his next court appearance, resulting in another arrest warrant for him.
Ward acquired some acclaim during 2014 when the video for his song “Aye Girl” went viral on YouTube. He has posted additional projects on YouTube and other social media platforms.
Law enforcement officers investigating a string of break-ins at the state park contacted Ward and Gregory J. Greene, also of Fort Lauderdale, on March 28. While Greene cooperated with officers and was detained, Ward allegedly resisted law enforcement, including striking a deputy, and fled on foot. Pursuing officers lost sight of him, and a K-9 search could not find him.
A “1way” necklace medallion and a silver, star-shaped, pinky ring were located when officers searched Ward’s vehicle. Both jewelry pieces are identifiable in Instagram posts and music videos made by Ward.
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 Cox sentenced Greene to 1,000 days of incarceration, which is about two years and eight months.