Burned Body Found In SUV Identified As Brooklyn Rapper

Body found in parked SUV along Village Circle West early Tuesday morning; case being treated as homicide, prosecutor says.

The man whose body was found burned inside the back of a Sport Utility Vehicle at Village Circle West has been identified as 33-year-old Brooklyn resident Rhian H. Stoute, authorities said Tuesday night.

Stoute, known as Kampane, was a rapper who toured with Roc-a-Fella in 2000, according to his online bio.

The case is being treated as a homicide, Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said in a statement released late Tuesday afternoon. An early-model black Chevy Tahoe with New York plates was discovered early Tuesday morning with Stoute's burned body in the rear cargo area, Molinelli said.

Molinelli said investigators do not believe the death occurred on the Paramus street where the body was found.

"At this time we have no information as to the nature and location of where the death occurred," he said in the statement.

Medical examiners are currently performing an autopsy, with results pending. The body, according to Molinelli, has been burned "in several locations" which had initially delayed identification of the victim.

The Paramus Police Department is jointly handling the investigation.

Residents on the tree-lined Village Circle West Tuesday evening said that they were shocked to hear that a body was found in their normally quiet neighborhood. Many asked to remain unnamed for safety reasons. 

 “I’ve lived here for 35 years and have never had any trouble here, this is a great block,” a resident said. 

 Another resident said she hoped the commotion on her street is over: "It was scary, and I hope I don't see it again."

 A third resident, who noticed the abandoned car on his street around 9 a.m., said the police arrived at the scene and an area of the street was taped off.

 “Unfortunately, these things happen in the world," he said. "Somebody probably just picked the street to drop the car off.”

standingup August 21, 2011 at 03:37 AM
It seems that Sim is a little less fortunate than most as far as education, comprehension, and investigations. That being said, there are multiple crime scenes. Yes, the shooting, arson, and murder happened in the hood, however, the vehicle was dumped in paramus, which was one of the crime scenes. Should I capitalize or use an exclamation point to show strong feelings or shouting to try and be clear here. Nah, not needed....we will leave that to Sim. Sim, do you think paramus police did not have to investigate the crime? With the logic you use, being that the "crime" was not in paramus, Englewood must have only been investigating it, no? Hey crime fighter sim, the paramus police was one of the agencys involved. But why? Why would they have to exert any effort; "wasting" many hours of investigating? Because it was a crime scene on the street in Paramus. Again, being able to comprehend a persons blog is highly recommended. If you didn't get it the first time, here it is again. Being that the vehicle was dumped on a Paramus street, it was a crime scene! (disclosure: exclamation point used to emphasize shouting, so maybe sim will get it).
Sim August 21, 2011 at 06:01 PM
Standingup, I'd insult your intelligence in this post, but I'll let you do the insulting beacuse that is what you have been doing in every single one of your posts. Anyways, the MURDER (the worst part of the whole crime) occured in ENGLEWOOD. The reason why I initially commented on this article was because there were people reading this article and then using this unfortunate crime as an excuse to say "look they are finding bodies on the streets of Paramus so that means people are getting shot in that town and its not as safe as you think!!!" NO, that is not the case. The worst part of the crime (the murder) happened elsewhere and that coward murderer dumped the victim's body in Paramus. At the end of the year, when you look at the crime statistics, this will go under Englewood's murder total, not Paramus.
Sim August 21, 2011 at 09:28 PM
Recon Man, the comments were made right under this article but they have been deleted since then
Sim August 21, 2011 at 09:34 PM
And Reconman, you are very correct, we should all be worried about the crime that is taking place in this town, I do not dispute that. However, when Brian Browny posted his comment, he was making Paramus sound like this town was like Camden/Newark/Paterson in terms of the crimes that took place here and the severity of the crimes.
Sim August 22, 2011 at 01:06 AM
Those statistics are very interesting and do say alot about the alarming rate in which crime is increasing in the borough. But Recon, let me ask you this...if u had to walk across town at 11pm midnight, wouldnt you feel safer walking in Paramus than you would in any of those 3 aforementioned cities? Plus, alot of these crime statistics are "inflated" because of the Garden State Plaza. Whenever I read the Paramus Police Blotter, all the crimes that are mentioned in the blotter took place @ GSP. Take the malls out of the equation and those stats would be dramatically different. Again, in no way, shape, or form am I saying that we shouldnt try to improve our police force. However, at this moment in time, the resedential areas of Paramus are much safer than Newark/Camden/Paterson and will be for a long period of time. Hopefully by then, we can figure out how to further improve our police force.


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