The FBI raided YouTube star Jack Paul’s home in California this morning (August 5 local time),media The Verge reported. ABC7 reported that agents removed items from Paul’s home that appeared to be guns. A spokesman for the FBI’s Phoenix office told The Verge that the FBI is investigating a “criminal allegation” at an Arizona shopping mall in May.
Another location in Las Vegas, Nevada, was also raided today as part of an investigation. The owner of the house was Paul’s friend, Arman Izadi, who was also alleged to have been involved in the mall incident.
Police in Scottsdale, Arizona, previously described the incident at the mall as a “disturbance.” The FBI appears to have taken over the investigation into the Incident at The Fashion Plaza Mall in Scottsdale. In June, Scottsdale police filed a misdemeanor charge against Paul for his alleged involvement in the case. Izadi and a third man, Andrew Leon, were also charged with misdemeanor charges.
Local police told The Verge that the misdemeanor charges have now been dropped. The police department says it is coordinating with the FBI to ensure justice is done. The statement said the charges were dropped in order to complete a federal criminal investigation.
An FBI spokesman confirmed that the “federal search warrant” was executed this morning in California and Las Vegas. But a spokesman for the FBI’s Los Angeles office declined to comment on the evidence sought or found in the California raid, saying the arrest warrant remained confidential. The spokesman also declined to say when it would be released. But a Los Angeles spokesman said no arrests were made or planned.
Paul’s house is understood to be home to his YouTube team Team 10, where other members often work. Paul has yet to comment on the latest search.
“We are still gathering information and will cooperate with the investigation,” Paul’s attorney, Richard Schonfeld, told the media. Schonfeld said Paul was not at home at the time of the search.
Paul was recently criticized by the mayor of Calabasas, California, where he lives for hosting big parties during the New Crown pandemic. The mayor said Calabasas would begin imposing fines on people who do not wear masks.