ASAP Rocky was arrested Wednesday morning after stepping off a private plane at LAX on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon in connection with an incident in November in which Los Angeles police claim he shot at a person in Hollywood.
On his way back from Barbados, where he was vacationing with his girlfriend, singer Rihanna, who is pregnant with the couple’s first child, the artist arrived at Los Angeles International Airport.
According to LAPD Capt. Jonathan Tippet, Rocky, whose true name is Rakim Mayers, was apprehended by the LAPD Robbery-Homicide Division and detained on charges of assault.
Following the arrest, officers from the Los Angeles Police Department searched the rapper’s house for evidence in the case. Detectives have had the artist under surveillance for some time, according to law enforcement sources, and have traced his return from Barbados.
LAPD investigators used a pry bar to push open a gate and a tiny battering ram to bust through a door at Mayers’ residence, according to a law enforcement source.
According to law enforcement officials, detectives removed many boxes of evidence from the premises.
The assault charges come from an incident on Nov. 6, 2021, when two acquaintances got into a dispute near Selma and Argyle avenues in the Hollywood area around 10:15 p.m. According to law enforcement, the disagreement escalated and one person fired a firearm at the other. After suffering a minor injury, the victim sought medical attention.
The suspect named Mayers, and two other individuals fled the scene on foot after the gunshot, according to authorities.
Mayers, 33, was previously convicted of assault in Sweden in the summer of 2019 while performing at a festival there. Aggravated assault was charged against him and two members of his entourage.
He was found guilty in August 2019 after a judge heard testimony regarding a street altercation in Stockholm in late June in which the rapper was accused of stomping on a man after he was thrown to the ground.
Mayers said he was acting in self-defence during his testimony. A judge ruled that the incident was not serious enough to warrant incarceration.
The rapper’s representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The New York Times on Wednesday.
Mayers asserted his right to legal counsel after police sought to confront him about the incident, according to law enforcement officials. Mayers’ lawyer, Alan Jackson, did not respond to calls for comment.
According to booking records, the rapper was freed on a $550,000 bond on Wednesday afternoon.