NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Kidd Creole, hip hop pioneer and former member of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, has been arrested in connection to a deadly stabbing on the East Side of Manhattan late Tuesday evening.

As CBS2’s Valerie Castro reported, Creole — whose real name is Nathaniel Glover — was led out of a precinct house on Wednesday night after being charged with murder.

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It happened just before midnight in the area of East 44th Street and Third Avenue.

Someone reported that the victim, a 55-year-old man, was bleeding heavily on the ground after being stabbed. Police said officers found the man with multiple stab wounds to the torso. He was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Nathaniel Glover, aka The Kidd Creole, at the 22nd annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel March 12, 2007 in New York City. (credit: Peter Kramer/Getty Images)

People in the area say this degree of violence so rare.

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“Never happened before in this place, this area. It was surprising and scary, too,” restaurant employee Abinash Shrestra told CBS2’s Janelle Burrell. “Because we work the whole nighttime so we never hear about these types of things.”

Authorities have not yet released the identity of the victim, who CBS2 was told was well-known to police with 17 prior arrests.

Sources say the 57-year-old rapper was identified from surveillance video near the scene and arrested by police at his home in the Bronx Wednesday.

Glover was made famous in the early 80s, his rap sheet includes arrests for criminal possession of a weapon — the most recent in 2007 for carrying an illegal gravity knife. That was the same year Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame.

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Glover said nothing as he left the precinct, but reportedly confessed to the crime during questioning. He stands charged with one count of second degree murder, the motive remains unclear.