YG Arrested in Robbery Case Days Before Grammys Performance

Rapper YG (Credit: Shutterstock)

Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies arrested rapper YG Friday morning on suspicion of robbery.

The rapper, real name Keenon Jackson, was taken into custody at his home in the Chatsworth neighborhood of Los Angeles around 4 a.m., the sheriff’s department told KABC-TV.

Deputies arrived with a search warrant as part of an “ongoing criminal investigation,” according to the sheriff’s department. The 29-year-old rapper was booked on suspicion of robbery and is being held at the Men’s Central Jail in downtown L.A. on $250,000 bond. He is due in court Tuesday.

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The arrest comes just two days before the hip-hop star is scheduled to take part in a tribute to the late Nipsey Hussle at the Grammy Awards on Sunday, Jan. 26.

Kirk Franklin, DJ Khaled, John Legend, Meek Mill, and Roddy Ricch have also been booked to perform in the tribute, which the Grammys announced earlier this week. It’s unclear if YG will make bond in time for the awards ceremony.

This isn’t the rapper’s first encounter with the sheriff’s department. In July 2019, a Hollywood Hills home leased by the rapper was raided by sheriff’s deputies.

Authorities said at the time that homicide bureau detectives were looking for a black 2018 Cadillac Escalade belonging to YG that was involved in a police pursuit and fatal shooting in Compton on July 3. An innocent bystander was killed in the crossfire as deputies exchanged gunfire with someone in the vehicle.

As YG’s name circulated in the media concerning the Compton case, the rapper took to Twitter and denied any involvement.

“I was nowhere near the scene,” he tweeted on July 5. “I was in Hollywood recording in the studio all day.”

A 29-year-old man identified as Tyquan Williams was arrested on a weapons charge at YG’s home during the July raid. Authorities didn’t say if the rapper’s arrest this morning is connected to the July case.