The homeless ex-con allegedly stabbed to death by legendary hip hop star Kidd Creole was a peaceful man who struggled with mental health issues, according to friends.
“I saw him in the news and it blew my mind,” said Andres Figueroa, 50, who knew John Jolly from their time at a homeless shelter on the Bowery. “He was a real quiet dude.
“He’d sit there and watch TV, and that was about it,” Figueroa continued Thursday. “He was a real cool, laid-back black dude. He didn’t mess with nobody.”
Jolly, 55, was fatally stabbed just before midnight Tuesday in a street dispute with Nathaniel Glover, better known as Kidd Creole of the legendary Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five.
Glover, 57, lashed out at Jolly after becoming convinced the homeless man was making sexual advances, sources said. The two men had no prior relationship until their deadly showdown at E. 44th St. and Third Ave.
Glover was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with his history-making South Bronx group in 2007. Their hits included the socially-conscious “The Message” and “New York New York.”
Jolly had a rap sheet with 17 prior arrests, including a Midtown bust in June for drug possession. He served five years in prison for the 1997 rape and beating of a 42-year-old woman.
Sources said he was drinking before running into Glover.
A second shelter resident echoed Figueroa’s assessment of the dead man. “He was quiet,” agreed a 68-year-old man named Olu. “He did have some mental issues, as far as I could tell.”
Jolly was stabbed several times in his chest, and shelter resident Charles Dance, 65, questioned the details of the death.
“I don’t believe the story that he was making a sexual advance,” said Dance. “When you get into an argument, sometimes things get out of hand. He never had a violent bone in his body.”
Rapper Chuck D of Public Enemy offered some support for Glover, who was awaiting arraignment Thursday for the slaying.
“I hope all works out with my man @thekiddcreole,” he tweeted. “Conditions of NYC on the homeless render many insane. Conflicts rise but 1 must defend self.”