An incident went down in Southlake on August 5, one that involved fake guns, fake bulletproof vests, and a wannabe rap video.
Fortunately, the City of Southlake Department of Public Safety was on the case and defused the situation before it got out of hand.
According to the police, Southlake officers were dispatched to the Ten Bar Court area at about 7:30 pm, in response to a call regarding four males with assault weapons who were seen taking photos in front of a house.
Officers arrived quickly, secured the scene, and detained the suspects.
That's when the officers made their discovery: a cache of airsoft replica assault rifles, fake bulletproof vests, and bags of sugar mocked up to look like narcotics.
It turned out to be a rap video gone wrong. For reasons only they can explain, the suspects had come to Southlake to film a rap video — but ended up going to the wrong house on the wrong street, says public information officer Brad Uptmore.
"Neighbors walked out the front door and saw what appeared to be people holding assault rifles," Uptmore says. "That was the same day as that bomb threat at the Roanoke Walmart and I think maybe everyone was on edge. When the officers responded, the guys got right out of their car. It was very cordial. They followed all of the officers' commands."
The rap stars had a connection to the neighborhood, Uptmore says.
"They were going to what they thought was a cousin's friend's house; the problem was that they went to the wrong street and got the wrong house," he says. "They thought they were at the right place and started taking photos."
Ten Bar Court is a tiny cul de sac located off 10 Bar Trail, located about a mile north of Carroll Senior High School. There are exactly three homes on 10 Bar Court. The last one that sold — a 3,994-square-foot home on a 1.75-acre, heavily-treed lot, with four bedrooms and three baths — was in January, after being listed for $674,900.
Commenters on the Southlake DPS' Facebook post put it in the right perspective.
"A rap video in Southlake... yo VIP, let’s kick it ice ice baby," says one.
"Now we all wanna know — Which is the more gangsta hood: Timarron or Carillon?" says another.
Having fake guns is not against the law, although toy guns are supposed to have an orange tip or a 1-inch orange stripe on both sides of the barrel. But that's not a requirement for airsoft and paintball guns.
"We strongly recommend that they have orange tips on them like you're supposed to, but it's not a criminal offense," Uptmore says.
Unfortunately, since no charges were filed, the identity of the band remains unknown. "Since no arrest was made, we wouldn't have documented their names," Uptmore says.
The department called the incident "a great job of the citizens following officer commands, keeping a cool head, and understanding why we showed up in the first place."
"Our officers also should be commended for their attention to detail, excellent training, and meticulous investigating," they said.
And also, a message about being careful with fake guns.
"Take a good look at how realistic these weapons are," the DPS statement says. "If your children or any of you have weapons like this, understand the type of response that will elicit from law enforcement."