Misdemeanor charges for Jake Paul, Arman Izadi and Andrew Leon related to their involvement in the May 30 Scottsdale Fashion Square riots are being dismissed without prejudice, Scottsdale police officials say.
Just days after the overnight riots, Mr. Paul was charged with two misdemeanor charges, criminal trespass and unlawful assembly. He has maintained his innocence on social media since the events occurred.
Scottsdale Police Department Public Information Officer Kevin Watts says the decision to dismiss the charges is so that a federal criminal investigation can be completed.
“The Scottsdale Police Department and Scottsdale City Attorney’s Office are coordinating with the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona and the FBI to ensure that justice is served regarding criminal acts at Scottsdale Fashion Square on May 30, 2020,” Mr. Watts said in an email. “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.”
Mr. Watts also noted, Scottsdale retains the option to refile charges depending on the outcome of the federal investigation.
Mr. Watts told the Independent that at this time, he doesn’t anticipate dropping charges for the other 44 suspects.
Since the May 30 riots, which resulted in property damage and looting of several Old Town Scottsdale-area businesses, nearly 50 people have been arrested or charged.
Mr. Watts declined to provide more details on the suspects and their charges, as the investigation is ongoing.
The same day, Los Angeles-based ABC7 reported firearms were seized at Mr. Paul’s Calabasas home as FBI conducts search in connection with Scottsdale’s riot case.
“FBI agents on Wednesday morning served a search warrant at the sprawling Calabasas home of YouTube personality Jake Paul, seizing multiple firearms in a raid that was connected to an incident at an Arizona shopping mall, the bureau said,” the LA news channel published online.
The FBI was quoted by ABC7 as stating: “The FBI is investigating allegations of criminal acts surrounding the incident at Scottsdale Fashion Square in May, 2020.”