The 21-year-old Louisiana native, whose real name is Kentrell Gaulden, was wanted for an outstanding warrant. Police attempted to pull him over, but wound up in a short pursuit ending in the rapper trying to flee on foot.
According to TMZ, police reportedly found a firearm in the vehicle — although it’s unclear if it belongs to Gaulden.
An alleged video of the arrest was shared with TMZ, which you can watch below.
Update March 25th: After Gaulden was indicted by a federal grand jury on firearm counts stemming from his September arrest, his lawyer, James Manasseh, took issue with how he was taken into custody. Through a written statement, Manasseh said,
“What happened to him in California was a travesty, Every law enforcement agency knows we represent Kentrell and no one told us of his warrant. Had they told us he was indicted, we would have voluntarily surrendered him at our office in a safe and non-public manner. The surprise tactic of arresting him in California was unnecessary. It was simply a show of force and power upon an individual by the Government.”
In November 2016, Gaulden was arrested and charged with two counts of attempted murder following a nonfatal shooting incident. He later pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of aggravated assault with a firearm and was sentenced to a 10-year suspended prison sentence and three years active probation.
Gaulden was later arrested in February 2018 in Atlanta after allegedly instigating an altercation with a hotel housekeeper. Prior to the 2019 Rolling Loud Music Festival in Miami, his entourage was involved in a shooting that left one person dead (Gaulden claimed self-defense).
Due to those incidents, Gaulden was temporarily placed on house arrest. A judge vacated the remainder of his probation in December 2019 after concluding he had completed all of the court’s conditions to date.
In November, YoungBoy Never Broke Again released a pair of projects: his Rich the Kid collaboration, Nobody Safe, and a mixtape titled Until I Return. He dropped a single named “Toxic Punk” last month.