Police believe that Fat Joe was in a rented black Cadillac Escalade with Lessli Paz and Joey Navarro outside a local eatery early Monday morning (May 28) when they purportedly got into an altercation with another man identified as Jermaine ''Wufgang'' Chamberline.
When police arrived, they detained four men who claimed they were friends of the dead men but later refused to cooperate. Chamberline would be arrested minutes later and would eventually confess to shooting Paz and Navarro.
According to Joe's teenage nephew, John Garcia, who spoke to The New York Daily News, the Bronx bred rapper is presently in Russia.
"He left the Saturday before Memorial Day. He's on tour. I swear to God. He should be home in like three days," he explained. "Tell the police they've got their information wrong."
It is still unclear if Fat Joe (born Jose Cartagena) was directly involved in the fight and how he slipped away from the scene, if he was indeed there. Police claim they only want to talk to him as a possible witness.
"If he's a witness, we'd love to speak with him," said Police Sgt. Bobby Hernandez.