Jake Paul will not face federal charges following a looting spree at an Arizona mall in 2020 after an investigation found his conduct didn’t warrant it.
“Based upon the investigation and evidence available at this time, the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona is not pursuing federal charges against Jake Paul for his conduct,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Arizona shared in a statement with NBC News in a piece published on Friday. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)
Jake Paul is off the hook in the Arizona mall incident. https://t.co/0OvMdz16ZV
— TMZ (@TMZ) August 12, 2021
The 24-year-old YouTube star previously argued that he didn’t take part in the looting that occurred in May 2020 at the Scottsdale Fashion Square mall following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and only was there documenting what was going on. (RELATED: REPORT: Jake Paul’s Home Raided By The FBI)
— Jake Paul (@jakepaul) May 31, 2020
“To be absolutely clear, neither I nor anyone in our group was engaged in any looting or vandalism,” Paul shared in a statement on Twitter. “For context, we spent the day doing our part to peacefully protest one of the most horrific injustices our country has ever seen, which led to us being tear-gassed for filming the events and brutality that were unfolding in Arizona.”
In August 2020, misdemeanor charges against him were dropped for the “federal investigation to be completed,” as previously reported.
“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,” a statement by the police department said, Fox News reported.