A federal warrant was served Wednesday at YouTube star Jake Paul’s home in Calabasas.
The warrant was in connection to Paul’s alleged participation in a riot at Scottsdale Fashion Square on May 30, according to the FBI’s Phoenix office, which said a search warrant was also executed for the same case Wednesday in Las Vegas.
Misdemeanor charges against Paul were dropped Wednesday to clear the way for a federal criminal investigation, according to the Scottsdale Police Department.
“It has been decided that in the cases charging Jake Paul, Arman Izadi and Andrew Leon it is in the best interest of the community to dismiss misdemeanor charges without prejudice so that a federal criminal investigation can be completed,” police said. “Scottsdale retains the option to refile charges depending on the outcome of the federal investigation.”
Paul had been charged with criminal trespass and unlawful assembly in Scottsdale.
Footage from an ABC7 helicopter Wednesday showed multiple firearms on Paul’s property being seized by authorities, “including a long gun propped up against a hot tub in the backyard,” the station reported.
Eimiller declined comment on that report, and said further details were not being released by the agency at this time because the warrant is under seal.
“Due to the sealing order, I’m not able to comment on the evidence we are seeking, nor what we recovered,” Eimiller said.
Paul was not at the Calabasas home when FBI agents served the warrant, according to multiple reports.
Paul is known for his often controversial YouTube stunts. He hosted a party at the Calabasas home a couple weeks ago that drew criticism on social media after guests were shown not wearing face coverings or social distancing.