Tyshane Vris Thomas, 20, Charged With Aggravated Sexual Assault
Tyshane Vris Thomas, 20, has been charged with three sexual assault incidents near Texas State University campus and arrested after an alert citizen found a backpack with weapons and women’s clothing inside it on Tuesday.
Thomas was identified by a backpack with his name written on it, sporting black hooded sweatshirt with a mask attached and what appeared to be an imitation pistol BB pistol that appeared real. Thomas last attended Texas State in fall 2018.
Early Life and Education
Tyshane hails from Atlanta, Georgia and attended Southside High School. Currently he belongs to various organizations and serves on their boards such as Atlanta Falcons Advisory Board, Atlanta Rotary Club and 100 Black Men of Atlanta as well as being a part of White House HBCU Capital Financing Working Group.
He has produced for artists including 2 Chainz, G-Eazy, Andy Mineo and Lecrae independently and as part of 808 & Elite. Additionally, he has appeared in multiple TV shows.
Police claim Thomas confessed during his questioning to three sexual assault crimes he committed over several weeks in San Marcos in May 2019. He broke into victims’ homes, blindfolded and zip-tied them before physically and sexually assaulting them before seizing on items used for these attacks from his apartment such as duct tape, personal lubricant and other tools that police found used during attacks on him.
Tyshane Thompson, commonly referred to by his stage name Beam, is an American record producer and rapper. Born to dancehall/gospel reggae singer Papa San, he co-founded 808&Elite production duo alongside Matt Massaro; they have produced for artists including Lecrae, Andy Mineo and Xavier Omar.
Police noted during their investigation of Thomas that he closely fit the description of a serial rapist who had attacked three women in San Marcos within recent weeks. Officers searched his Sanctuary Lofts apartment where he lived with his girlfriend and found a backpack containing black hooded sweatshirt, black mask, an imitation handgun BB gun made to look real as well as several items of women’s clothing in it.
Officers say Thomas has confessed to committing three sexual assaults and one burglary between April 24 and May 2 in San Marcos; these cases have since been booked into Hays County Jail on charges of Aggravated Sexual Assault.
Achievement and Honors
Police in San Marcos, Texas are crediting an attentive community member with helping them track down and arrest serial rapist Tyshane Thomas, 20, this week on suspicion of rape after someone reported him for carrying a BB gun, homemade ski mask and women’s clothing – items typically associated with criminal justice studies at Texas State University.
Tyshane Thompson, popularly known by his all caps name of Beam (formerly Tyshane and Elite), is an American hip hop producer best known for producing for artists such as 2 Chainz and Yo Gotti.
Tyshane Thomas, 20, an undergraduate student at Texas State University is accused of three sexual assault crimes committed between April 24 and May 2 in San Marcos. Police believe these assaults occurred between those dates.
Thomas was arrested Tuesday afternoon after police discovered a backpack at Sanctuary Loft Apartments containing black hooded sweatshirt, mask and an imitation pistol made to appear like real gun. A search of his apartment revealed duct tape, zip ties and personal lubricant.
Thomas confessed to three sexual assaults during an interview with investigators and is charged with aggravated sexual assault; he currently resides at Hays County Jail. Previously he produced independently as well as part of 808&Elite for artists including Lecrae and Andy Mineo; his father is dancehall/gospel singer Papa San and he has written songs for major pop stars like Justin Bieber as a son of dancehall/gospel singer Papa San.
Tyshane Vris Thomas, also known by his stage name Beam, has amassed a net worth of $500,000. He hails from Texas’ Dancehall/Gospel Reggae scene as his father Papa San was. Beam is now one-half of production duo 808&Elite with collaborations including Justin Bieber, Jorja Smith and his father himself collaborating together; in 2022 Beam released his debut studio album Alien while later that month he was charged with three sexual assaults as well as burglary charges in San Marcos/Texas.