YouTuber Charged After Looting at Mall

Arizona police accuse Jake Paul of trespassing, not stealing anything
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 4, 2020 1:50 PM CDT
YouTuber Charged After Looting at Mall
Jake Paul poses for a photo in 2017.   (Photo by Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) – YouTuber Jake Paul is facing charges after videos emerged showing him present during the looting of a mall in Arizona. However, the 23-year-old is not accused of stealing anything from Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall on May 30. Instead, police charged him with criminal trespass and unlawful assembly, which are misdemeanors, reports ABC15. Scottsdale police say they received "hundreds of tips and videos identifying social media influencer, Jake Joseph Paul, as a participant in the riot," per a statement to the Verge. “Our investigation has revealed that Paul was present after the protest was declared an unlawful assembly and the rioters were ordered to leave." Police say he illegally entered the mall after it was closed amid George Floyd protests.

Given the multiple videos, like this one, that clearly show Paul at the scene, he has never denied being there. But he maintains that he and his videographer were there only to document the protests. “To be absolutely clear, neither I nor anyone in our group was engaged in any looting or vandalism," he tweeted over the weekend. On Thursday, Paul, who has more than 20 million subscribers on his channel, tweeted again about the controversy. "(G)imme my charges and let’s put the focus back on George Floyd and Black Lives Matter," he wrote. (Read more looting stories.)

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