The family of Samuel "Tone" Barnes,
half of the production duo The Trackmasters, was held a gunpoint by three men,
who robbed their Staten Island home and made off with jewelry and other items
valued at almost $100,000.
Police said that Barnes’ wife, two children and
a baby-sitter were held hostage in the home for almost a half hour, while the
robbers searched the luxury home for items to steal, making off with a large
amount of jewelry.
According to police, Barnes’ wife returned home
after 8:30 p.m. when she was approached by a man with a gun, who had been waiting
outside garage door.
Two more gunmen appeared and led the woman and
her two children into the house.
Once inside two gunmen encountered the baby sitter
and ordered the baby-sitter and the children to wait in a room, while the third
gunman ordered Barnes’ wife to show him where the valuable were located.
The three men then drove off in an unidentified
vehicle. As of press time the robbers are still at large.
With his partner, "Poke," Tone, Barnes
heads up Trackmasters Entertainment.
The duo’s list of clients is a who’s who in music
and have produced platinum hits for Will Smith, Notorious B.I.G., LL Cool J,
Blaque, Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson, Mary J. Blige and others.