FBI raids home of YouTube star Jake Paul

Carla Harmon
August 6, 2020

She could not say what the probe is about or who the target was. A representative for the FBI's Los Angeles division told Insider that the warrant affidavit was sealed, meaning they could not provide comment on the investigation.

Paul had been charged there when he appeared on video in June inside a Scottsdale mall that a big crowd of people had broken into, looting stores.

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. "No arrests are planned", the Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a statement.

About 500 people converged on the mall May 30 for what started out as a peaceful protest against police brutality across the country but ended with smashed mall windows, graffiti-tagged walls and people looting merchandise.

A SWAT team stood by as the warrant was served today, but there were no arrests or resistance.

Scottsdale police later dropped charges against Paul, saying in a statement "it is in the best interest of the community to dismiss misdemeanor charges without prejudice so that a federal criminal investigation can be completed".

He was charged with criminal trespass and unlawful assembly, but told USA media that he was only there to meet protesters. "By our count, there seems to have been at least 20 people or so on the ground executing the search warrant - which makes ya wonder what the hell Jake might be mixed up in, if anything at all", TMZ reported of the scene. "Paul also unlawfully entered and remained inside of the mall when it was closed".

The department added that Scottsdale still has the option to refile those charges depending on the outcome of the federal investigation.

The report added that last month, Calabasas mayor David J. Shapiro said that the city was considering taking legal action against Paul for throwing a party at his house in which attendees did not wear masks or engage in social distancing in order to follow new rules implemented in the wake of the Chinese virus pandemic.

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