Lil' Cease Arrested In Brooklyn, Being Held On Rikers Island

Former Junior Mafia

member Lil' Cease was arrested in Brooklyn, New York yesterday (April 13)

on an outstanding warrant and is being held at Rikers Island, after the rapper

missed a hearing to answer alleged probation violations.

Sources told

that the former protégé of the late Christopher "Notorious B.I.G." Wallace was

in Brooklyn with two associates, when police pulled their vehicle over for unknown


One of the men

allegedly attempted to flee but was apprehended after a brief chase. A search

of the men allegedly turned up a small amount of marijuana.

When police ran

Lil' Cease's birth name of James Lloyd, they found out he was wanted for missing

a February 8 court date regarding a violation of his probation.

The rapper was

originally charged with attempted murder for a shooting outside of a Brooklyn

deli in August of 2001.

Lil' Cease pleaded

guilty to a felony charge of criminal possession of a weapon in October of 2002

and was sentenced to 5 years probation.

A representative

at the Brooklyn Supreme Court told that the rapper failed to respond

to requests to appear at a probation hearing, resulting in the arrest warrant.

Lil' Cease made

a court appearance today, but will stay on Rikers Island until at least Monday,

when he will appear in front of Judge Abraham Gerges.

Attorneys for Lil'

Cease were not available at press time.

Lil' Cease is a

former member of the chart topping group Junior M.A.F.I.A., which featured the

late Notorious B.I.G. as well as incarcerated rapper Lil' Kim.

Kim is presently

serving a 366-day sentence in a Philadelphia correctional facility for lying

to a grand jury about her knowledge of a shoot out in front of a New York radio