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:''For the vehicle, see [[Stretch]]. For the DJ of Game FM in [[Grand Theft Auto III|GTA III]], see [[Stretch Armstrong]]''
   
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|name = Harold Joseph
 
|name = Harold Joseph
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|image = HaroldJoseph-GTA5.png
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|games = [[Grand Theft Auto V]]
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|games = ''[[Grand Theft Auto V]]''
|status = Deceased
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|status = Determinant
|aka =
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|aka = Stretch<br>Stri-zetch
 
|gender = M
 
|gender = M
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|pob = [[Los Santos (HD Universe)|Los Santos]]
|pob = [[Los Santos]]
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|dod = [[2013]] <small>(Player's choice)</small>
|dod = [[2013]]
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|home = [[Strawberry]], [[Los Santos (HD Universe)|Los Santos]]
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|nationality = {{Flagicon|United States of America|Flag of the United States}} [[United States of America|African-American]]
|nationality = African-American
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|affiliations = [[The Families]] <small>(Formerly)</small><br>[[Ballas (HD Universe)|Ballas]]<br>[[Franklin Clinton]] <small>(Formerly)</small><br>[[Lamar Davis]] <small>(Formerly)</small><br>[[Demarcus Bradley]]
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|businesses = Drug dealing<br>Gang Banging
|affiliations = [[The Families]] (former)<br/> [[Ballas]]
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|family = Unnamed mother
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|voice = [[Hassan Johnson]]
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:''For the vehicle, see [[Stretch]].''
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{{Quote|This ain't new age shit, it's fact. You get what you give, fool.| Stretch}}
   
'''Harold "Stretch"''' '''Joseph''' is a character in the ''[[Grand Theft Auto]]'', appearing in ''[[Grand Theft Auto V]]''.
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'''Harold "Stretch" Joseph''' is a central character in the ''[[Grand Theft Auto]]'' series, appearing as a supporting character and a secondary [[antagonist|antagonist]] in ''[[Grand Theft Auto V]]''.
   
Stretch is a member of the Chamberlain Gangsters [[Grove Street Families (HD Universe)|Families]] and a friend of [[Lamar Davis]]. Near the beginning of the game, he departs from prison for crimes that are never revealed, and Lamar plans a sort of reunion for himself, Stretch and [[Franklin Clinton|Franklin]].
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Stretch was a high-ranking member of the [[Chamberlain Gangsters Families]] and a friend of [[Lamar Davis]].
==Appearance and personality==
 
Stretch is a short, bulky man with numerous tattoos covering his body. He wears usual CGF clothes inculding a white T-shirt, baggy jeans, a green hat and a gold chain.
 
   
For some reason, he shows a very strong dislike towards [[Franklin Clinton]] and the two frequently argue, leaving Lamar to pick a side. He appears to have a very short temper, assaulting Franklin for poking fun at him for "dropping the soap" in prison, and immediately shooting [[D]] in the face when discovering that he had betrayed them.
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==History==
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===Background===
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Harold Joseph was born in Los Santos and joined the Chamberlain Gangsters Families at an early age. He eventually worked his way up through the ranks and became a high-ranking and respected veteran "OG" member within the gang, also earning the nickname "Stretch". He also became friends with up-and-coming members [[Lamar Davis]] and [[Franklin Clinton]]. However, Franklin developed an antagonistic relationship with Stretch, presumably due to his reckless and selfish behavior. Lamar, however looked up to Stretch from a young age.
   
==Trivia==
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At some point prior to [[2013]], Stretch was arrested and taken to [[Bolingbroke Penitentiary|prison]] for an unknown crime that he presumably committed for the CGF.
*Despite being only referred to as Stretch in dialogue, his real name can be seen on [[Lifeinvader|Lifeinvader.com]], an in-game parody of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Facebook Facebook].
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===Events of ''GTA V''===
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Near the beginning of the game, he departs from prison for crimes that are never revealed, and Lamar plans a sort of reunion for himself, Stretch and [[Franklin Clinton|Franklin]]. The trio first meet at [[Clinton Residence|Franklin's house]] where Franklin and Stretch both exchange insults/crude jokes and nearly enter a fight.
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After passing by a [[Ammu-Nation|gunshop]], they go to a [[Rogers Salvage and Scrap|factory]] at [[La Puerta]] for a drug deal with Ballas gangster [[D]], which turns out to be an ambush by the [[Ballas (HD Universe)|Ballas]], as revenge for D being [[Chop (mission)|kidnapped by Lamar and Franklin earlier]]. After Stretch kills D, the trio fight they're way through the Ballas and manage to escape the police.
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Some time later, Stretch tells Lamar and Franklin to buy [[drugs]] from a gangster in [[Grove Street (HD Universe)|Grove Street]]. However, [[Trevor Philips|Trevor]] unexpectedly comes to the deal as well and thanks to him, it is revealed that the drugs are fake and that they were going to be ripped off if it wasn't for Trevor. Some Ballas gangsters are also waiting to attack them after the deal fails. Franklin, Lamar and Trevor kill all the gangsters and manage to shake off the [[Los Santos Police Department (HD Universe)|police]]. If Franklin escapes with Lamar (optional), he will tell Lamar on the way to his home that Stretch set them up.
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Stretch eventually convinced Lamar to go off on his own to the Ballas [[Paleto Forest Sawmill|hideout]] in [[Paleto Bay]] and tell the Ballas that they are willing to sell drugs as this would be a sort of a money-making and peace-making opportunity. In reality, this was a trap and Lamar ended up getting captured by the Ballas.
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However, after being convinced by [[Tanisha Jackson|Tanisha]], Franklin with the help of his partners in crime [[Trevor Philips]], [[Michael De Santa]], and [[Lester Crest]] storm the hideout, kill all the Ballas there and save Lamar. While taking Lamar home, the two have a small dispute during which Franklin tries to convince Lamar to leave the gangbanging lifestyle and get a real job. Franklin also tells Lamar about how Stretch hooked up with the Ballas during his time in prison and that he was the one setting them up the whole time.
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====Fate====
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By the end of the game, Franklin is given a choice to either [[The Time's Come|kill]] [[Michael De Santa|Michael]] (option B) or [[Something Sensible|kill]] [[Trevor Philips|Trevor]] (option A), [[The Third Way|or side with them, with the help of Lester, as they kill their enemies]] (option C), including Stretch. Should Franklin choose to kill Michael or Trevor, Lamar gives Franklin a call after it is over and lets Franklin know that he has taken his advice on staying away from Stretch.
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If Franklin chooses either A or B, he will receive a phone call from Lamar, who informs him that he has finally cut ties with Stretch, having agreed with Franklin's warning after thinking about what he'd said after rescuing him, Franklin wishes him the best and asks him out to hang out some time, Lamar agrees but not before hanging up, after telling Franklin that he is laying low for the time being (which is assumed that Stretch survived the game and will probably come looking and hunting down Lamar)
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If Franklin chooses option C, he, Michael and Trevor kill a large number of [[FIB]] and [[Merryweather Security|Merryweather agents]] at the [[Grand Banks Steel Foundry|foundry]] in [[Murrieta Heights]], after which they agree to kill their enemies. They give a call to [[Lester Crest|Lester]] who tells them the current locations of their targets. Michael will agree to assassinate Stretch due to his lack of any provable association with Stretch. Stretch will be hanging out with his [[Ballas (HD Universe)|Ballas]] crew at the [[BJ Smith Recreational Center]], discussing about Franklin and Lamar. Michael interrupts the meeting, telling Stretch that he's got a message from his "homies" Lamar and Franklin and starts attacking the group, Stretch figures out that Michael is a friend of Franklin and orders his homies to kill him but instead, some may escape or Michael will end up killing them all, before or after taking out and escaping to Ballas, Michael kills Stretch and spreads the word to the others, including Franklin that his 'pal' 'ain't a problem no more', although Franklin mentions that Stretch was never his friend and he was a gangster who sold him and Lamar out, and thanks Michael, who drives away from Stretch's dead corpse .
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If the player has a [[Nightstick|nightstick]], a [[Crowbar|crowbar]] or a [[Baseball Bat|baseball bat]] then they need to go for the bald character who is wearing green shorts. This will identify him from the Ballas. If the player uses [[Michael De Santa|Michael's]] [[Special Ability|bullet time ability]] immediately after knocking out Stretch, then they stand a better chance of survival. This will help you get a gold medal in the mission.
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==Murders Committed==
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* [[D]] - [[The Long Stretch|Murdered]] for luring him, [[Franklin Clinton]] and [[Lamar Davis]] into an ambush.
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* Unknown civilian - [[The Long Stretch|Murdered]] to steal his car and escape with [[Franklin Clinton]] and [[Lamar Davis]] from the police.
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==Character==
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===Personality===
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From his appearances, Stretch is shown to be a violent, brutal, sadistic, selfish, reckless, cold-blooded and trigger-happy gangster, who for some reason, shows a very strong mutual dislike towards fellow gangster [[Franklin Clinton]] and the two frequently argue, leaving [[Lamar Davis|Lamar]] to pick a side, however most of the times Lamar tries to stay neutral to their conflict and tries to resolve their issues.
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The possible reason for Franklin's dislike of Stretch could be due to Stretch trying to pull Franklin into the life that put him in [[Bolingbroke Penitentiary|jail]] in the first place, and also due to Stretch's unintelligent personality and his routine gangbanging life, while Stretch appears to dislike Franklin due to his attempts to leave the hood and make something real for himself as well as for scepticisms and his doubts about the deals they make and that Lamar and Stretch should also leave the hood and get some jobs which won't get them killed in the process.
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He appears to have a very short temper, assaulting Franklin for poking fun at him for "dropping the soap" in prison, and is also very merciless as shown when he immediately shoots an unarmed [[D]] twice in the face when he discovered that he had betrayed them.
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Stretch is also very deceiving and manipulating, as shown when he secretly changed sides in prison and pretended to still be loyal to the [[The Families|CGF]] while he was actually a traitor (unbeknownst to most) and several times used his influence on Lamar to manipulate him and try to make him think that Franklin is a snitch and to make deals with the [[Ballas (HD Universe)|Ballas]] which are actually set-ups for Franklin and Lamar to be killed.
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===Appearance===
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Stretch is a short, bulky man with numerous tattoos covering his body. He wears usual CGF clothes including a white T-shirt, baggy jeans, a green hat and a silver chain.
   
 
==Mission appearances==
 
==Mission appearances==
*[[The Long Stretch]]
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*[[The Third Way]] (target)
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* [[The Long Stretch]]
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* [[Hood Safari]] <small>(Post-mission phone call)</small>
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* [[I Fought The Law]] <small>(Post-mission phone call)</small>
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* [[Lamar Down]] <small>(Betrayal/Post-mission phone call)</small>
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* [[The Third Way]] <small>(Option C; Killed)</small>
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==Trivia==
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* It is possible to knock Stretch's cap off, originally he didn't even wear the cap at all.
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* Despite the hostility shown towards Stretch, it seems like [[Franklin]] still wanted to invite him into the Forum Drive Families set, although he may of just brought it up to shut Lamar up.
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* On [[Lifeinvader]], Stretch is called a "busta" by [[Lamar Davis|Lamar]]. This could be a reference to [[Ryder]] from ''[[GTA San Andreas]]''.
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* The only weapon Stretch is seen using is the regular pistol, making him somewhat useless in the gun fight with the Ballas.
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* It is unkown why he killed D as he changed sides and joined the Ballas. It is possible that he chose to kill D so that he doesn't reveal Stretch's treacherous status.
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==Gallery==
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Franklin meeting up with Stretch and Lamar.png|Lamar and Stretch arriving at Franklin's place.
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Stretch-GTAV-nohat.jpg|Stretch without his hat.
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Stretch the third wheel.png|Franklin leaving Stretch hanging.
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Stretch pushing Franklin.png|Stretch pushing Franklin in rage.
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TheLongStretch-GTA5-StretchKillsD.png|Stretch about to kill [[D]].
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Michael killing Stretch and Ballas.png|Michael killing Stretch and more Ballas members. ([[The Third Way]])
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</gallery>
   
 
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Latest revision as of 00:55, October 20, 2014



For the vehicle, see Stretch. For the DJ of Game FM in GTA III, see Stretch Armstrong
CHARACTER
Harold Joseph
HaroldJoseph-GTA5
Appearance(s): Grand Theft Auto V
Full name: Harold Joseph
Also known as: Stretch
Stri-zetch
Status: Determinant
Gender:

Male

Place of birth: Los Santos
Date of death: 2013 (Player's choice)
Home: Strawberry, Los Santos
Nationality: Flag of the United States African-American
Family: Unnamed mother
Main affiliation: The Families (Formerly)
Ballas
Franklin Clinton (Formerly)
Lamar Davis (Formerly)
Demarcus Bradley
Businesses: Drug dealing
Gang Banging
Voiced by: Hassan Johnson
"This ain't new age shit, it's fact. You get what you give, fool."
― Stretch

Harold "Stretch" Joseph is a central character in the Grand Theft Auto series, appearing as a supporting character and a secondary antagonist in Grand Theft Auto V.

Stretch was a high-ranking member of the Chamberlain Gangsters Families and a friend of Lamar Davis.

HistoryEdit

BackgroundEdit

Harold Joseph was born in Los Santos and joined the Chamberlain Gangsters Families at an early age. He eventually worked his way up through the ranks and became a high-ranking and respected veteran "OG" member within the gang, also earning the nickname "Stretch". He also became friends with up-and-coming members Lamar Davis and Franklin Clinton. However, Franklin developed an antagonistic relationship with Stretch, presumably due to his reckless and selfish behavior. Lamar, however looked up to Stretch from a young age.

At some point prior to 2013, Stretch was arrested and taken to prison for an unknown crime that he presumably committed for the CGF.

Events of GTA VEdit

Near the beginning of the game, he departs from prison for crimes that are never revealed, and Lamar plans a sort of reunion for himself, Stretch and Franklin. The trio first meet at Franklin's house where Franklin and Stretch both exchange insults/crude jokes and nearly enter a fight.

After passing by a gunshop, they go to a factory at La Puerta for a drug deal with Ballas gangster D, which turns out to be an ambush by the Ballas, as revenge for D being kidnapped by Lamar and Franklin earlier. After Stretch kills D, the trio fight they're way through the Ballas and manage to escape the police.

Some time later, Stretch tells Lamar and Franklin to buy drugs from a gangster in Grove Street. However, Trevor unexpectedly comes to the deal as well and thanks to him, it is revealed that the drugs are fake and that they were going to be ripped off if it wasn't for Trevor. Some Ballas gangsters are also waiting to attack them after the deal fails. Franklin, Lamar and Trevor kill all the gangsters and manage to shake off the police. If Franklin escapes with Lamar (optional), he will tell Lamar on the way to his home that Stretch set them up.

Stretch eventually convinced Lamar to go off on his own to the Ballas hideout in Paleto Bay and tell the Ballas that they are willing to sell drugs as this would be a sort of a money-making and peace-making opportunity. In reality, this was a trap and Lamar ended up getting captured by the Ballas.

However, after being convinced by Tanisha, Franklin with the help of his partners in crime Trevor Philips, Michael De Santa, and Lester Crest storm the hideout, kill all the Ballas there and save Lamar. While taking Lamar home, the two have a small dispute during which Franklin tries to convince Lamar to leave the gangbanging lifestyle and get a real job. Franklin also tells Lamar about how Stretch hooked up with the Ballas during his time in prison and that he was the one setting them up the whole time.

FateEdit

By the end of the game, Franklin is given a choice to either kill Michael (option B) or kill Trevor (option A), or side with them, with the help of Lester, as they kill their enemies (option C), including Stretch. Should Franklin choose to kill Michael or Trevor, Lamar gives Franklin a call after it is over and lets Franklin know that he has taken his advice on staying away from Stretch.

If Franklin chooses either A or B, he will receive a phone call from Lamar, who informs him that he has finally cut ties with Stretch, having agreed with Franklin's warning after thinking about what he'd said after rescuing him, Franklin wishes him the best and asks him out to hang out some time, Lamar agrees but not before hanging up, after telling Franklin that he is laying low for the time being (which is assumed that Stretch survived the game and will probably come looking and hunting down Lamar)

If Franklin chooses option C, he, Michael and Trevor kill a large number of FIB and Merryweather agents at the foundry in Murrieta Heights, after which they agree to kill their enemies. They give a call to Lester who tells them the current locations of their targets. Michael will agree to assassinate Stretch due to his lack of any provable association with Stretch. Stretch will be hanging out with his Ballas crew at the BJ Smith Recreational Center, discussing about Franklin and Lamar. Michael interrupts the meeting, telling Stretch that he's got a message from his "homies" Lamar and Franklin and starts attacking the group, Stretch figures out that Michael is a friend of Franklin and orders his homies to kill him but instead, some may escape or Michael will end up killing them all, before or after taking out and escaping to Ballas, Michael kills Stretch and spreads the word to the others, including Franklin that his 'pal' 'ain't a problem no more', although Franklin mentions that Stretch was never his friend and he was a gangster who sold him and Lamar out, and thanks Michael, who drives away from Stretch's dead corpse .

If the player has a nightstick, a crowbar or a baseball bat then they need to go for the bald character who is wearing green shorts. This will identify him from the Ballas. If the player uses Michael's bullet time ability immediately after knocking out Stretch, then they stand a better chance of survival. This will help you get a gold medal in the mission.

Murders CommittedEdit

CharacterEdit

PersonalityEdit

From his appearances, Stretch is shown to be a violent, brutal, sadistic, selfish, reckless, cold-blooded and trigger-happy gangster, who for some reason, shows a very strong mutual dislike towards fellow gangster Franklin Clinton and the two frequently argue, leaving Lamar to pick a side, however most of the times Lamar tries to stay neutral to their conflict and tries to resolve their issues.

The possible reason for Franklin's dislike of Stretch could be due to Stretch trying to pull Franklin into the life that put him in jail in the first place, and also due to Stretch's unintelligent personality and his routine gangbanging life, while Stretch appears to dislike Franklin due to his attempts to leave the hood and make something real for himself as well as for scepticisms and his doubts about the deals they make and that Lamar and Stretch should also leave the hood and get some jobs which won't get them killed in the process.

He appears to have a very short temper, assaulting Franklin for poking fun at him for "dropping the soap" in prison, and is also very merciless as shown when he immediately shoots an unarmed D twice in the face when he discovered that he had betrayed them.

Stretch is also very deceiving and manipulating, as shown when he secretly changed sides in prison and pretended to still be loyal to the CGF while he was actually a traitor (unbeknownst to most) and several times used his influence on Lamar to manipulate him and try to make him think that Franklin is a snitch and to make deals with the Ballas which are actually set-ups for Franklin and Lamar to be killed.

AppearanceEdit

Stretch is a short, bulky man with numerous tattoos covering his body. He wears usual CGF clothes including a white T-shirt, baggy jeans, a green hat and a silver chain.

Mission appearancesEdit

GTA V

TriviaEdit

  • It is possible to knock Stretch's cap off, originally he didn't even wear the cap at all.
  • Despite the hostility shown towards Stretch, it seems like Franklin still wanted to invite him into the Forum Drive Families set, although he may of just brought it up to shut Lamar up.
  • On Lifeinvader, Stretch is called a "busta" by Lamar. This could be a reference to Ryder from GTA San Andreas.
  • The only weapon Stretch is seen using is the regular pistol, making him somewhat useless in the gun fight with the Ballas.
  • It is unkown why he killed D as he changed sides and joined the Ballas. It is possible that he chose to kill D so that he doesn't reveal Stretch's treacherous status.

GalleryEdit

NavigationEdit

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