The FBI is investigating alleged criminal activity by YouTube star Jake Paul and others in connection with the riot at Scottsdale Fashion Square mall on May 30.
On Aug. 5, Scottsdale Police Department announced the city dropped misdemeanor charges against Paul, Arman Izadi and Andrew Leon in connection with the riot.
According to the department’s statement, Scottsdale Police Department and Scottsdale City Attorney’s Office is now coordinating with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI in an ongoing federal criminal investigation.
“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,” according to the statement.
The charges were dismissed with prejudice, meaning the city could refile those charges in the future.
An FBI spokeswoman confirmed the agency is investigating alleged criminal activity in connection with the riot.
“The FBI is investigating allegations of criminal acts surrounding the incident at Scottsdale Fashion Square in May, 2020,” spokeswoman Jill McCabe said. “This morning the FBI executed federal search warrants in California and Las Vegas, Nevada in connection with this investigation.”
The FBI raided Paul’s home in Calabasas, CA and another home owned by Izadi in Las Vegas on Aug. 5, according to a report by the celebrity gossip site TMZ.
Local ABC 7 in Los Angeles captured footage from its helicopter of agents removing guns from Paul’s home.
It is unclear exactly what alleged activity prompted the search warrant.
‘The search warrant affidavits are sealed and we are, therefore, prohibited from commenting further,” McCabe said.
A spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Arizona said the office had not filed any charges in the case as of Aug. 5.
On June 4, Scottsdale Police Department announced Paul was charged with criminal trespass and unlawful assembly for allegedly participating in the riot at Scottsdale Fashion Square mall.
Videos posted to Instagram by Paul and acquaintances showed him in and around the mall during the riots.
Paul is a wealthy YouTube star who has a following of over 20 million people on the video-sharing site made up mostly of teenagers and young adults.
The riot saw hundreds of people descend on the mall and surrounding properties and cause millions of dollars in property damage and theft.
The Progress previously reported that the crowd of rioters included local high school students, citing testimony from a police officer with knowledge of the event.
On May 31, Paul denied being involved in the riot in a post on Twitter, arguing his group was only involved in peaceful protests.
The May 30 riot occurred amidst nationwide protests against police brutality in the wake of George Floyd’s death but had little in common with peaceful protests that took place in neighboring Phoenix that night or downtown Scottsdale two weeks later.