The FBI raided the California mansion of YouTube personality Jake Paul on Wednesday morning, the same day that Scottsdale police dropped charges against him stemming from a protest that evolved into break-ins and looting at the Fashion Square Mall in May.
A federal search warrant was executed "in connection to an ongoing investigation," confirmed Rukelt Dalberis, an FBI Public Affairs officer.
Dalberis said the affidavit was sealed, and he was prohibited from commenting on the nature of the investigation.
Video footage of the FBI raid from KABC in Los Angeles showed county sheriff’s deputies carrying firearms from Paul's house.
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Paul, 23, is a controversial YouTube figure, who faced charges for his role in the looting of Scottsdale Fashion Square on May 30 after a protest was held in response to the killing of George Floyd.
About 500 people converged on the mall May 30 for what started out as a peaceful protest against police brutality across the country but ended with smashed mall windows, graffiti-tagged walls and people looting merchandise.
Scottsdale police said at the time that Paul was among those who entered the mall, which had closed early, after crowds broke through an entrance. He was later charged with criminal trespass and unlawful assembly, both misdemeanor counts.
Paul's attorney Richard Schonfeld confirmed for The Associated Press that the home raided Wednesday belonged to his client.
“We understand that a search warrant was executed at Jake’s Calabasas home this morning while Jake was out-of-state,” Schonfeld said in an email. “We are still gathering information and will cooperate with the investigation.”
Also Wednesday, Scottsdale Police Department announced misdemeanor charges were dismissed without prejudice for Paul related to his involvement at Scottsdale Fashion Square.
A statement from the department said the decision to dismiss the charges "is in the best interest of the community ... so that a federal criminal investigation can be completed."
The department added that Scottsdale still has the option to refile those charges depending on the outcome of the federal investigation.
Paul was also under recent criticism for a massive house party he threw at his mansion in Calabasas amidst a pandemic on July 14, in which there was no social distancing or mask-wearing, according to the Los Angeles Times.