LAKE JACKSON — Local rappers saw their music video cut short by police after their props drew alarm from onlookers.

Cleaning crews working inside a bank in the 1000 block of FM 2004 pulled the business alarm about 1:45 p.m. Monday when they noticed four men dressed in black pull up in a U-Haul truck, with one man gripping what looked like a shotgun, Lake Jackson Police Sgt. Jon Kirk said.

Officers arrived on scene and stopped the men, holding them at gunpoint, reports state. The men told police they were filming a rap video, Kirk said. A search of the U-Haul yielded a shotgun and high-point pistol as well as two large bags stuffed with “movie money,” according to police reports.

“When we arrived and made the stop, we found out they were just filming a music video, and part of the music video was they were doing something involving robbing a bank, so they were dressed in all black and had bags,” Kirk said. “They thought the bank was closed.”

Kirk didn’t know if the weapons were real, he said, but none of the men were arrested on new charges, although officers transferred a 27-year-old man to Clute police for having outstanding Class C misdemeanor warrants, according to reports.

The men did not have permission to film the video at the bank, Kirk said, and officers strongly advised them against doing so without approval in the future.

Officers likely would not have granted permission for the men to film there even if they had asked in advance, instead leaving that decision to bank employees, Kirk said.

“It was not a very smart thing to do,” Kirk said. “Most likely if someone wanted to do something like that they should contact us just to prevent something like that from happening. But in all reality, we probably would not have given permission for them to do that. They would have had to contact the bank.”

Erinn Callahan is a reporter for The Facts. Contact her at 979-237-0150.

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