Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) raided the home of “influencer” Jake Paul on Wednesday morning reported USA Today. Paul was not at his home at the time of the raid.
The raid was in connection with a federal search warrant related to an ongoing investigation. An FBI spokesperson explained the activity saying, “The FBI is executing a federal search warrant at a residence in Calabasas in connection with an ongoing investigation.” Calabasas is in the Los Angeles area. The spokesperson gave no further details on the raid. “The affidavit in support of the search warrant has been sealed by a judge and I am, therefore, prohibited from commenting as to the nature of the investigation. No arrests are planned.”
The local ABC television station obtained video that showed FBI agents removing several firearms from the large property according to ABC News. No arrests were made and the agents apparently ran into no resistance during their search of the area.
Paul’s attorney Richard Schonfeld told the Associated Press, “We understand that a search warrant was executed at Jake’s Calabasas home this morning while Jake was out-of-state. We are still gathering information and will cooperate with the investigation.”
This is not the first time that Paul, 23, has been in the news due to legal problems. He was charged with looting during a demonstration in Scottsdale, Arizona on May 30 that devolved into rioting and looting. Paul was caught on video inside the Scottsdale Fashion Mall during the disturbance. “Following the riots and looting that occurred on the evening of May 30th 2020 at Scottsdale Fashion Square mall, the Scottsdale Police Department received hundreds of tips and videos identifying social media influencer, Jake Joseph Paul (23), as a participant in the riot,” the Scottsdale Police Department said in a statement. “Our investigation has revealed that Paul was present after the protest was declared an unlawful assembly and the rioters were ordered to leave the area by the police. Paul also unlawfully entered and remained inside of the mall when it was closed. As a result, Paul has been charged with Criminal Trespass and Unlawful Assembly (both misdemeanor charges.”
The mall suffered smashed windows and graffiti was painted onto its walls. Stores were broken into and merchandise stolen. The charges were dropped on Wednesday “so that a federal criminal investigation can be completed,” said the Scottsdale Police Department.
Calabasas Mayor Alicia Weintraub criticized Paul last month when it was discovered that the YouTuber held a large party at his residence. People were not wearing masks or practicing social distancing in defiance of public health recommendations.
Paul rose to fame on the Vine video sharing platform. His antics on that channel, consisting of crazy pranks and offbeat humor, led to a role on the Disney Channel series Bizaardvark. This series dealt with best friends who post comedic videos on an internet channel. He moved on to create a YouTube channel that has over 20 million followers.