Aspiring rapper sits in San Diego jail, faces murder and bank robbery charges

Posted at 5:30 AM, Feb 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-09 09:42:27-05

An aspiring rapper from New Zealand is in a San Diego jail facing murder and bank robbery charges.

Clinton Thinn, said to be from a wealthy family in New Zealand, came to California to pursue his dream of becoming a rapper.

However, authorities accuse Thinn of robbing a Bank of America on 3rd Ave. and E St. in Chula Vista last June.

According to authorities, Thinn stormed into the branch as it was about to close, swinging a hammer and firing off a flare gun.

Authorities said he used rope to tie the doors shut, and then demanded money as bank employees hid behind a counter.

Thinn was in San Diego's Central Jail until Dec. 3, when homicide detectives alleged he killed a fellow inmate.

Thinn was moved to George Bailey Detention Center and is now facing a murder charge.

His bail was set at $2 million.

New Zealand media outlets appeared shocked that Thinn is in trouble, writing that he had gone to a private high school with tuition at about $16,000 a year.

Media reports out of his home country also noted that Thinn is the stepbrother of the country's associate education minister and had been living lavishly off an inheritance.

Thinn is due in court in about a month, 10News learned.

Details on Thinn's murder charge were not immediately released.