Rapper A$AP Rocky posted his $550,000 bail and was photographed being released from a Los Angeles jail Wednesday – just hours after he was arrested at LAX for allegedly shooting an acquaintance after an argument in Hollywood last year.
Police arrested the performer, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, at Los Angeles International Airport Wednesday morning on charges of assault with a deadly weapon.
Officers were also seen outside of his LA home, smashing into the gate with a battering ram, before apparently raiding the property. Detectives seized multiple boxes of evidence from the house.
Mayers was taken to LAPD headquarters for questioning and was later booked. He is said to have requested the presence of his lawyers.
The soon-to-be father posted $550,000 bail and was spotted leaving jail on Wednesday evening wearing a black and white outfit and sneakers.
The LAPD issued a statement saying officers ‘worked diligently’ to investigate the November 2021 shooting, which left the victim with minor injuries, and ‘identify the suspect(s) involved.’
If convicted, Mayers could face up to one year jail time, a $1,000 fine and misdemeanor probation, per California Penal Code. If he received a felony assault with a deadly weapon conviction, Mayers could spend up to four years in state prison, be fined up to $10,000 and have mandatory probation.
The rapper was arrested shortly after he arrived at LAX on a private plane, NBC News first reported. He was returning home from a vacation in Barbados with his pregnant girlfriend, Rihanna. The couple recently denied rumors of a split and cheating.
Rapper A$AP Rocky posted $550,000 bond and was spotted leaving jail after his shock arrest on Wednesday
He was arrested at LAX for allegedly shooting an acquaintance after an argument in Hollywood last year
He was charged Wednesday with assault with a deadly weapon
Rapper A$AP Rocky, real name Rakim Mayers, had been arrested for allegedly shooting a man on a Los Angeles street last year. He is pictured over the weekend in Barbados
Rihanna was spotted showing off her belly while watching her boyfriend jetski in Barbados
Rihanna was spotted wearing a red bikini while she relaxed in the sunshine in Barbados before returning to the US on Wednesday, when her boyfriend was arrested
The couple is seen in Barbados over the weekend, enjoying the sunshine. The couple recently denied rumors of a split and cheating
Taking it easy: Rihanna and her love appeared to be cooling down on a relatively overcast day by the shore
Showing off: The Fenty founder complemented her top with a tiny scarlet miniskirt that left her bump on full display
Officers were seen outside of Mayers’LA home Wednesday, smashing into the gate with a battering ram, before apparently raiding the property
Law enforcement officers are pictured outside Mayers’ LA home Wednesday morning
Police arrested the rapper with the help of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The case will soon be presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for filing consideration. Officers were spotted outside A$AP Rocky’s home on Wednesday morning
A lone security guard stands outside of Mayers’ Los Angeles house where police executed a search warrant Wednesday after arresting the rapper for assault with a deadly weapon
A$AP Rocky’s $4.4 million home in Los Angeles
Los Angeles police were investigating Mayers, 33, after a man claimed the rapper shot him in the area of Selma and Argyle Avenues following an argument.
Mayers is accused of approaching an acquaintance on the street around 10.15pm on November 6 and firing a handgun at him three or four times.
One of the bullets reportedly grazed the victim’s left hand and he later sought medical treatment.
After the shooting Mayers and two other men, who had reportedly been walking with, fled the scene.
Authorities collaborated with the victim and were ultimately abler to name Mayers as a suspect in the shooting.
Police arrested the rapper with the help of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The case will soon be presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for filing consideration.
Los Angeles police were investigating Mayers, 33, after a man claimed the rapper shot him in the area of Selma and Argyle Avenues following an argument
Mayers is accused of approaching an acquaintance on the street around 10.15pm on November 6 and firing a handgun at him three or four times
Rocky returned to his shock arrest after a relaxing weekend in Barbados . Above, he is seen dressed in a casual fashion for the seaside trip. He wore a low-key white T-shirt and paired it with blue Adidas track shorts
Casual: He wore his hair in braids and brought along a wet of red, white and black trainers, though he didn’t wear them much
Putting on a show: While the rapper was cruising and beaming ear-to-ear on a Yamaha jet ski, Rihanna was watching him from a nearby wall overlooking the water
Los Angeles police issued a statement Wednesday confirming Mayers’ arrest
Mayers is pictured at an airport in Bridgetown, Barbados shortly after arriving on April 16
Police detained Mayers at Los Angeles International Airport on Wednesday after arriving to the facility on a private jet. He had been on vacation in Barbados with his pregnant girlfriend, Rihanna. The rapper met his girlfriend’s family over the weekend
A view of the open patio on the side of Mayers’ LA house where police executed a search warrant on Wednesday
Detectives leave the rapper’s house with what appears to be box full of evidence
The rapper’s Los Angeles home was raided shortly after his arrest. Police are pictured outside the residence Wednesday
Authorities have not confirmed the alleged raid to DailyMail.com, however photographs taken Wednesday show are large police presence on the performer’s street
It is unclear what authorities were searching for at the home or if they discovered anything pertinent to the investigation
The security guard is pictured outside of Mayers’ home after the raid
Mayers’ Los Angeles home was raided by police shortly after his arrest, sources allege.
Video taken Wednesday show are large police presence on the performer’s street and cops smashing into the property gates to force them open. Photographs show apparent damage to the gate.
The rapper’s legal team reportedly received a copy of the search warrant after requesting it from officer in charge while cops continued to raid his home.
Detectives were seen leaving the property with what appeared to be boxes full of evidence. It is unclear what exactly authorities seized from the home.
It is also unknown where Rihanna, whom he had been on holiday with, was at the time of his arrest.
A representative for Mayers did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Rihanna and Mayers announced they were expecting their first child together earlier this year. In March she revealed she was in her third trimester. The pregnant singer is pictured last month during Paris Fashion Week
An officer holds a battering ram, which will be used to force entry on to Mayers’ property
Police are seen outside Mayers’ home moments after they smashed into his front gate with a battering ram, forcing it open
The battering ram appears to have left damage to the front gate, as pictured above
Investigators are pictured leaving the rapper’s home with evidence seized during their search
Mayers’ attorneys review the search warrant authorizing the raid of his property
Wednesday’s incident is not Mayers’ first run-in with the law.
The rapper was arrested in Sweden in 2019 after a fight broke out on the street between his entourage and two men.
Mayers was convicted of assault, issued a suspended prison sentence and required to may more than $1,000 in damages. He reportedly served a month in jail before his sentence was handed down.
The performer, raised in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood, was also charged with attempted murder at 16 years old.
Mayers, who started selling drugs during his youth, was reportedly bullied by an older man. He went to the alleged bully’s house to confront him and ended up firing a gun at him.
‘He tried to come at me in front of some ladies. And I was little. He was a little bit older than me,’ Mayers said two years ago, detailing the incident on Untold Stories of Hip-Hop.
The teen, who was carrying a gun for protection, believed his alleged bully was reaching for a weapon after their discussion went south. He claimed he never intended to shoot the man.
‘I just started letting off,’ Mayers said of the confrontation.’I ain’t wanted to hit him. They hit me with attempted murder at first, then it kept getting dropped down.’
Mayers was arrested shortly after the shooting and spent time at the city’s infamous jail on Rikers Island. However, due to his age and the nature of the incident, the attempted murder charges were reduced.
Mayers’ legal team arrives at his property amid an ongoing police raid
Mayers’ legal team receives a search warrant after requesting it from officer in charge as cops continue to raid the rapper’s L.A. home
Cops are pictured outside Mayers’ home as investigators raid the property
Police are pictured outside Mayers’ property on Wednesday
Wednesday’s incident is not Mayers’ first run-in with the law. The rapper was arrested for assault in Sweden in 2019 after a fight broke out on the street between his entourage and two men. He was also charged with attempted murder as a teen. He is pictured last month in NYC
Earlier this year, Mayers and his partner, singer Rihanna, announced they were expecting their first child together.
The singer, 34, revealed last month that she was in her third trimester, however she hasn’t shared her due date.
The pair seemed to be having the times of their lives on Tuesday as they continued their vacation in her home country of Barbados.
Rihanna flaunted her burgeoning baby bump in an eye-catching red ensemble, while Mayers had some fun of his own by going for a ride on a jet ski nearby.
The singer had her long raven tresses tied back in a high, messy bun, which highlighted her fresh-faced no-makeup look.
Mayers sported, in a similarly casual fashion, a low-key white T-shirt and blue Adidas track shorts. He wore his hair in braids.
While the rapper was cruising and beaming ear-to-ear on a Yamaha jet ski, Rihanna was watching him with binoculars from a nearby wall overlooking the water.
The pair seemed to be having the times of their lives on Tuesday as they continued their vacation in Rhianna’s home country of Barbados. They spent time with friends and family
Rihanna flaunted her burgeoning baby bump in an eye-catching red ensemble, while Mayers had some fun of his own by going for a ride on a jet ski nearby
Mayers is pictured in Barbados Tuesday with friends
The lovebirds were joined by a group of friends and family, including Rihanna’s mother Monica.
The billionaire looked as if she was having a great time as she chatted with her pals and laughed while her boyfriend took care of his need for speed.
Afterward, Mayers looked as if he was giving some pointers to one of Rihanna’s friends before they took a turn in the water.
The couple didn’t seem particularly fazed by recent rumors that they had broken up after he cheated on her.
Rihanna was rumored to have cut things off with the father of her child after she found him cheating with the shoe designer Amina Muaddi.
However, Muaddi has fiercely denied the allegations of infidelity.
The designer took to Instagram on Friday to issue a statement after social media was alight with claims the rapper had cheated on the heavily pregnant singer with her.
She wrote: ‘I’ve always believed that an unfounded lie spread on social media doesn’t deserve any response or clarification, especially one that is so vile.
‘I initially assumed that this fake gossip – fabricated with such malicious intent – would not be taken seriously.
‘However in the last 24h I’ve been reminded that we live in a society that is so quick to speak on topics regardless of factual basis and that nothing is off limits.
The couple’s travels came amid allegations that they had split after Mayers cheated on the pregnant singer. They have denied the cheating allegations. Mayers and Rihanna are pictured together in February 2022
Their travels came as shoe designer Amina Muaddi, the woman accused of having an affair with Mayers during Rihanna’s pregnancy, fiercely denied the allegations of infidelity. Mayers and Mauddi have been friends for years and collaborated on a shoe collection in 2020. They are pictured together in 2020
‘Not even during what should be one of the most beautiful and celebrated times in one’s life. Therefore I have to speak up as this not only directed towards me but it is related to people I have a great amount of respect and affection for.
‘While Rih is continuing to live her serene, best dressed pregnancy life and I go back to my business – I wish everyone a beautiful Easter weekend!’
A source directly connected to both artists had earlier told TMZ that the cheating and split rumors were ‘100% false on both counts’, adding ‘one million percent not true. They’re fine.’
Mayers and Mauddi have been friends for years and collaborated on a shoe collection in 2020.
Rihanna and Mayers were initially linked in November 2020 after it was reported that they were seeing each other following the singer’s split from her ex-boyfriend, Hassan Jameel.
The two had been acquainted ever since the early 2010s, when they began performing and touring with each other.
Last week, Rihanna gushed about her partner in a chat with Vogue magazine as she explained how their relationship blossomed. The singer is pictured on the cover of the magazine’s May issue
Mayers first spoke about their relationship in May 2021 in a GQ interview, where he called Rihanna ‘the love of his life.’ The couple is pictured together at Rihanna’s Los Angeles Fenty store in February 2022
Rihanna and Mayers remained friends for much of the decade before People confirmed that they were officially dating in November 2020. The pair embarked on a romantic vacation to the singer’s native Barbados in December and the rapper spent Christmas with his girlfriend’s family.
Mayers first spoke about their relationship in May 2021 in a GQ interview, where he called the Barbados born singer ‘the love of his life.’
The Fashion Killa hitmaker – who has never been dogged with claims of infidelity in the past – said: ‘She amounts to probably, like, a million of the other ones…. I think when you know, you know. She’s the One.’
Last week, Rihanna gushed about her partner in a chat with Vogue magazine as she explained how their relationship blossomed.
‘People don’t get out of the friend zone very easily with me,’ she revealed. ‘And I certainly took a while to get over how much I know him and how much he knows me, because we also know how much trouble we can land each other in.’
She said that quarantine had brought the pair closer together, noting: ‘He became my family in that time.
Sources allege the couple is planning to wed in Barbados sometime in the near future. Mayers and Rihanna are pictured together in February
‘There’s no pretentious my-brand-your-brand bulls**t, it’s just us living. I just feel like I can do any part of life by his side.’
She continued: ‘What I love the most about us? Transparency with everything: how we’re feeling, what our goals are, what our fears and insecurities are.
‘The vulnerability to be able to say what you feel about each other.’
Earlier this year insiders alleged the couple is planning to wed in Barbados with the pop star lining up Prime Minister Mia Mottley, 56, as the newborn’s godmother.
A source told the Sunday Mirror: ‘Rihanna is totally smitten with A$AP. They have a very close bond and Rihanna has always been quite traditional.
‘They will be married, for sure. She has told pals she wants to be with him for ever, and he has said the same. There are no plans yet as to when the nuptials will be but it won’t be before the baby is born. She has always wanted to get married and A$AP is her forever person.’