Jake Paul charged with criminal trespass after denying looting
Jake Paul has been charged with criminal trespass and unlawful assembly after he denied looting during the riots in Arizona.
The YouTuber was accused of looting when he shared videos documenting the riots on his Instagram Stories, and claimed he’d been tear-gassed by police officers.
Scottsdale Police Department told Metro.co.uk in a statement: ‘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.
‘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).’
He has also been issued a summons to appear in court in one month’s time.
Metro.co.uk has contacted reps for Jake for comment.
In Jake’s short clip of the riots, he was heard saying: ‘Bunch of f*****g idiots bro, I walked right up to there and these f*****g idiots tear-gassed me.
‘I didn’t do s*** bro look at them pointing guns at me right now.
‘That’s tear gas bro, f*** you guys.’ The YouTuber proceeded to share a close up of his eye which he captioned: ‘I’m tear-gassed my bleeding eyes’.
Jake previously denied looting in a statement on his Instagram Stories, before uploading a video and clarifying the situation.
He wrote on Instagram: ‘To be absolutely clear, neither I nor anyone in our group was engaged in any looting or vandalism. 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.’
He continued: ‘We were gassed and forced to keep moving on foot. We filmed everything we saw in an effort to share our experience and bring more attention to the anger felt in every neighbourhood we traveled through; we were strictly documenting not engaging.
‘I do not condone violence, looting or breaking the law; however I understand the anger and frustration that led to the destruction we witnessed and while it’s not the answer, it’s important that people see it and collectively figure out how to move forward in a healthy way.
‘We are all doing the best we can to be helpful and raise awareness; this is not the time to attack each other, it’s time to join together and evolve.’
Jake’s brother Logan also defended him on his recent podcast episode, saying: ‘Why he was inside of a mall that was being looted, I have no idea. I talked to him on the phone, he was at a dinner that was next to the mall. It was very unfortunate but very on-brand for Jake Paul to magically be seen at a looting site.’
The 25-year-old continued: ‘Here’s what I will say, and I feel like this goes without saying. While I condemn that he was at a looting site and stuck around long enough for videos to be taken to make it look like he was kinda hanging out, you are a f**king moron if you think my brother was actively participating in looting.’
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