A US Marshals Service fugitive task force and deputies arrested rapper Rick Ross at his mansion south of Atlanta early today, authorities say. Ross and a man described as his bodyguard were taken into custody in Fayette County, Jim Joyner, a Marshals' task force supervisor, tells the AP. Ross—real name William Roberts—was being held in the Fayette County Jail on charges of kidnapping, aggravated assault, and aggravated battery, Joyner says. The bodyguard, whose name wasn't released, faces the same charges. Officers showed up at the mansion, once owned by boxer Evander Holyfield, but someone inside refused to open the gate leading to the home, authorities say. "We opened the gate for them," Joyner says. Once officers got past the gate, someone inside opened the front door so they didn't have to break it down, he notes. Ross and the bodyguard were then taken into custody without incident, Joyner says, adding, "They didn't put up a struggle or anything."
It was the second time in the past two weeks Ross has been arrested in Fayette County. On June 10, Ross was booked into the county jail on a misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession. In that case, Ross and a passenger were pulled over because the windows of the Bentley in which they were riding violated tinting regulations, a Fayette County sheriff's spokesman said at the time, adding that the officer smelled marijuana and found some inside the car. Joyner says further details about today's case would have to come from Fayette County authorities, who weren't immediately available this morning. It wasn't known whether Ross has an attorney who could be contacted for comment on the case. A message left at Maybach Music Group, Ross' record label, was not immediately returned.