Cops have launched a manhunt for rapper Joe Budden, who is accused of assaulting and robbing his model ex-girlfriend in Washington Heights.
Police released a picture of Budden, 33, as they continued their search for the “Pump It Up” hip-hop star and one-time Def Jam recording artist in connection with the attack earlier this week.
Budden allegedly drove up to a restaurant near Nagle Ave. and Dyckman St. at 4:30 a.m. Sunday, grabbed his ex and forced her into his car.
As the two argued, Budden stole her cell phone and twisted her arm, officials said.
He then took her to his New Jersey home, where the attack allegedly continued.
His ex ultimately escaped and called police.
Friends of the victim told mediatakeout.com that Budden had slammed his ex-girlfriend’s head into the dashboard. The BEATDOWN has been compared to Chris Brown’s savage attack on megastar Rihanna in 2009.
But cop sources said that, according to their paperwork, Budden did nothing more than twist the woman’s arm.
The rapper reportedly flew into a rage after seeing Instagram pictures of his ex-girlfriend clubbing with other men. The woman had broken up with Budden because he was “cheating and hooking up with strippers,” a friend told mediatakeout.com.
The wanted man is hiding in plain sight on social media: He fired off more than 15 tweets on Friday — claiming New Jersey cops had been in contact with him.
“Cops searched my house today cuz shorty told them I had guns here,” he wrote. “He said ‘wanna tell me why u have a bullet proof vest?’.. Lmao/smh.”
He then posted a picture of himself sitting on a street curb surrounded by three dogs with the words “I’m guarded … Literally.”
“The lesson to be learned here is … Leave the strippers & bartenders in the strip club … sounds so simple !” he also wrote.