The FBI investigated Jake Paul and Arman Izadi, 23, as part of a riots and looting probe in the Arizona mall in May, the house of the 23-year old YouTube Icon, amid George Floyd’s protests.
The searches at Paul’s Calabasas, California, residence and at Izadi’s “Graffiti Mansion” in Las Vegas were part of the bureau’s investigation of “allegations of criminal acts surrounding the incident at Scottsdale Fashion Square in May,” the FBI’s Phoenix office said in a statement.
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In a statement released on Wednesday by Scottsdale police department it is announced that the federal “criminal” probe into the group was dropped for misdemeanours against Paul, Izadi and Andrew Leon linked to their role in the riots.
The Scottsdale police complaints stemming from the May event included unlawful misconduct and unauthorized assembly, and the Ministry said it had maintained the possibility of refiling charges until a federal investigation was concluded.
Arizona charges dismissed
In June, after footage showed him at a Scottsdale, Arizona, a center where he was being robbed, Paul was charged with unlawful assault and unauthorized assembly, police said. Paul claimed in a Twitter message that he and anyone with whom he was involved engaged in theft or violence.
The Scottdale Police Department announced on Wednesday that the charges against Paul and associates Arman Izadi and Andrew Leon are being dropped.
Scottsdale PD said in a news release.
“The Scottsdale Police Department and Scottsdale City Attorney’s Office are coordinating with the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona and the FBI to ensure that justice is served regarding criminal acts at Scottsdale Fashion Square on May 30, 2020,”
the release added,
“It is in the best interest of the community to dismiss misdemeanor charges without prejudice so that a federal criminal investigation can be completed. Scottsdale retains the option to refile charges depending on the outcome of the federal investigation,”
On 31 May, Paul said he and his supporters were involved in peaceful movements that day protesting Floyd’s death in custody and that he witnessed vandalism, but he was not involved in it.
“Gimme my charges and let’s put the focus back on George Floyd and Black Lives Matter,” he said on Twitter June 4.
Several large guns were carried out of Jake Paul’s California mansion
During an FBI search on Wednesday the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department reported that law enforcement officers seized what appeared to be many large guns from Jake Paul’s house.
One spokesperson said that during the execution of a federal search warrant, the FBI had requested the office of the sheriff to help move objects from the YouTuber Mansion in Calabasas, but that the agency was not actually interested in the ongoing FBI study.
A spokeswoman from the Los Angeles division of the department told Insider that the FBI was unable to comment on the facts relating to the case because a subpoena was secured. It is not clear what type of weapon was taken from the house as Paul’s history involves the use of live ammunition, pellet guns and paintball equipment.
With a spirit of controversy and at least one previous lawsuit brush, Paul, aged 23, is among the largest sides of YouTube with more than 20 million subscribers.
ABC 7, an ABC affiliate nearby, got overhead pictures after the arrest of police officers placing weapons on the LA Sheriff’s car windshield. ABC 7 has picked up footage of a gun put on the property against a hot tub.
Several FBI officers were also involved in a raid, assisted by the LA police, FBI and LA sheriff’s dept representatives. The raid was also conducted. TMZ photos the first reported the raid’s media reported FBI agents leaving the house in disguise tiredness.