YouTube personality Jake Paul charged in Scottsdale riots

YouTube personality Jake Paul charged in Scottsdale riots
YouTube star Jake Paul is facing a trespassing charge in Arizona. (Source: Erik Drost / Wikimedia Commons)

SCOTTSDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- YouTube star Jake Paul has been charged as a participant in the Scottsdale riot Saturday night at Scottsdale Fashion Square.

Scottsdale Police released a statement Thursday, June 4, explaining the charges.

“[The] department received hundreds of tips and videos identifying social media influencer, Jake Joseph Paul, as a participant in the riot. Our investigation 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.”

Sgt. Ben Hoster said Paul has been charged with criminal trespassing and unlawful assembly, both misdemeanor charges, but was not booked into jail.

More than $46,000 worth of property was also recovered.

Paul took to Twitter to release a statement following the riots Saturday.

"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. We were gasses and forced to keep moving on foot."

Twelve people were arrested and millions of dollars in damage were left after violent protests Saturday evening in Scottsdale. At least one assault was also reported.

Paul has not yet released a statement on the charges.

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