A spokeswoman for the FBI said an armed swat team carried out the raid, which took place while Paul was not at home.
The official would not say the reason, only that the search was related to an investigation. Officers were seen collecting guns from the property.
Paul is facing charges of looting in Arizona and recently held a party that allegedly broke public health orders.Paul, 23, has over 20 million followers on YouTube.
To his devout fans — who call themselves the Jake Paulers — no prank is too wild, no controversy is too big. Every time he’s mired in a scandal, tweets pour in with the hashtag #jakepaulisover. But he’s never really over. On the contrary, with every stunt, prank or internet feud, he gains more fans on his YouTube channel.
His channel includes his rap music and has over 20 million followers. Some of his pranks are so outrageous, Canada’s National Post once described him as a “moronic menace to society.”Paul found himself in trouble again Wednesday when FBI agents executed a search warrant at his home in the Los Angeles area for unknown reasons. The agency said it’s in connection with an ongoing investigation but declined to go into details.
Police in Scottsdale, Arizona previously called the incident in the mall a “riot.” The FBI appears to have taken over the investigation into the events at the Scottsdale Fashion Square mall. Scottsdale police filed misdemeanor charges against Jake Paul in June for his alleged involvement. Arman Izadi — as well as a third person, Andrew Leon — received misdemeanor charges as well.
Those misdemeanor charges are now being dismissed, local police told The Verge. The police department says it is now coordinating with the FBI to “ensure that justice is served.” It said the charges are being dropped so that “a federal criminal investigation can be completed.”
The FBI spokesperson confirmed that “federal search warrants” were executed in California and Las Vegas in connection with the investigation this morning. A spokesperson for the FBI’s Los Angeles office declined to comment on the evidence sought or recovered in the California raid, saying that the warrant remained under seal. The spokesperson also declined to say when the seal would be lifted. No arrests have been made or are planned, the Los Angeles spokesperson told The Verge.
Back in December of 2017, Logan Paul faced intense criticism after uploading video of a dead body in Japan’s so-called “suicide forest.”
In December of 2018, a Studio City man was charged with abusing a tiger cub which had appeared in a YouTube video posted by Logan Paul.
In May of 2019, a woman reported to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department that she was drugged at a party at Jake Paul’s home.
“These were not pranks,” county District Attorney Todd Spitzer said in the statement. “These are crimes that could have resulted in someone getting seriously injured or even killed.”
He called the videos “some kind of twisted attempt to gain more popularity on the internet by unnecessarily putting members of the public and police officers in danger.”