Video has emerged showing two firearms mounted on the wall of Jake Paul’s Los Angeles mansion weeks before FBI agents raided the home and seized several high-powered weapons.
The YouTube star’s $6.9million Calabasas property was raided on Wednesday as part of a federal criminal investigation reportedly linked to the YouTube star’s arrest in Arizona in June.
Aerial footage of the search showed law enforcement officers walking out of Paul’s home with several rifles in hand before loading them onto police vehicles.
Those same weapons appear to be displayed in the background of a YouTube video at Paul’s house uploaded by fellow internet star Tanner Fox last month.
A YouTube video uploaded by fellow internet personality Tanner Fox last month shows two AR-style rifles mounted on the wall of Jake Paul’s home
Fox filmed Paul’s reaction to a prank in which dozens of photos of his ex-girlfriend were plastered all over his walls
Paul’s affinity for firearms was made apparent by his tattoo of a rifle on his thigh
The July 16 clip, shows Paul, known for posting reckless and adventurous videos online, reacting to a prank after dozens of photos of his ex-girlfriend had been plastered on the walls of his room.
As he walks inside, two AR-15-style rifles could be seen mounted on the wall in the background.
In a video of Wednesday’s raid, a similar style gun was spotted leaning against a Jacuzzi in the backyard.
Paul’s affinity for the semi-automatic weapons has also been made apparent by the tattoo of a rifle on his left thigh that has been visible in his social media photos.
On Wednesday, FBI agents dressed in tactical gear and a SWAT team, descended on Paul’s property where officers were seen seizing several weapons.
Authorities confirmed there had been a search operation, but did not disclose further details of the raid including what had been seized, as the warrant was sealed off by a judge.
Sources told TMZ the raid was in connection to ‘allegations of criminal acts surrounding the incident at Scottsdale Fashion Square in May 2020.’
The guns were also seen in different shot of Paul’s room above
Law enforcement officers were seen walking out of Jake Paul’s Calabasas mansion on Wednesday with multiple firearms in hand
Footage showed what appeared to be a high-powered rifle resting against the star’s hot tub in the backyard that appears in many of his recent YouTube videos
Aerial footage of the raid, taken by ABC7, showed law enforcement officers walking out of the sprawling Calabasas mansion with several rifles in hand, before loading them onto police vehicles as apparent evidence
A second FBI raid was also conducted at a separate property belonging to fellow social media personality and friend of Paul, Armani Izadi in Las Vegas, the outlet said.
In June, Paul was charged with criminal trespass and unlawful assembly by authorities in Scottsdale, Arizona who say they were sent ‘hundreds of tips’ claiming Paul was ‘a participant in the riot’ at the mall which broke out following protests in the days after George Floyd’s death.
Izadi was also arrested during the looting in Arizona.
The case against both Paul and Izadi was later dropped by the City Attorney ahead of Wednesday’s raid by the FBI.
In a statement the Scottsdale Police Department said: ‘It is in the best interest of the community to dismiss misdemeanor charges without prejudice so that a federal criminal investigation can be completed. Scottsdale retains the option to refile charges depending on the outcome of the federal investigation.’
As news of the raid emerged, Paul’s neighbors told a local news station that they have heard ‘mysterious explosions in the night’.
‘These are just mysterious, things in the night,’ a neighbor told CBSLA on Wednesday.
Heavily-armed agents dressed in tactical gear had swarmed the $6.9million Calabasas property in military vehicles around 6am after executing a sealed search warrant.
Jake Paul’s Calabasas home was searched by FBI agents early Wednesday morning. Above, two agents clad in tactical gear are seen at the gates of the mansion during the operation
Several federal agents dressed in tactical gear arrived in armored vehicles after serving the YouTube star with a search warrant
At least 20 federal agents were seen riding in on a procession of military vehicles, including an armored truck during the operation. Several U.S. government marked cars were also spotted in the vicinity.
The 23-year-old YouTuber however, had been out of state during the search operation, his attorney Richard Schonfeld told TMZ. The lawyer said they plan to cooperate with the investigation.
Jake faced widespread backlash after cell phone footage shared by Paul’s videographer Andrew Blue in May showed the social media star at the Arizona mall at the time of the looting.
He is first spotted outside the Fashion Square Mall as protesters appear to shoot fireworks at the building’s entrance. Later, Paul films a group of police officers stationed at the mall to curb any looting or violence amid the George Floyd protests.
Similar scenes unfolded at the Graffiti Mansion owned by Izadi, where heavily-armed units were seen descending on the home
Jake Paul, 23, rose to fame alongside his brother Logan Paul (right with his brother) 25, on now defunct-video app Vine before transitioning to YouTube where he now has more than 20million users who subscribe to his reckless and adventurous videos. A second FBI raid was also conducted at a separate property belonging to fellow social media personality and friend of Paul, Armani Izadi in Las Vegas, the outlet said. Izadi, left with Jake, was also arrested during the looting in Arizona
‘Bunch of f****** idiots, bro,’ he says. The caption on the video reads ‘American is in ruins.’
He claims to have walked on a sidewalk near the officers who allegedly teargassed him.
‘Literally I walked right here, right up to there. these f****** idiots teargassed me. I ain’t doing s***, bro. Look at them pointing guns at me,’ Paul said.
‘Look at them. Twenty guns on me. Twenty guns on me right now,’ he adds before saying ‘Rest in Peace, George Floyd’ and flipping his middle finger at the officers.
Paul later tried to distance himself from the situation in a statement saying he was in no way involved in any looting or vandalism. He said that he and friends went to the mall to attend a protest against the death of George Floyd while in custody of Minneapolis.
Jake Paul was charged with two misdemeanor crimes after he was seen at an Arizona mall that was being looted in June
They instead found people engaged in looting and property damage that included shattered windows of offices and stores, Paul said, adding that he didn’t participate in that activity.
‘That’s the way it looked on camera. However that isn’t the case,’ he said.
Paul said he kept walking in the mall area despite encountering the criminal activity because he still wanted to find the protest.
He said it was upsetting that social media posts accused him of vandalism. ‘I’m above that. I don’t’need to vandalize. I don’t need to loot and I know it’s not the way forward.’
Paul said he was an ‘easy target’ and that he has learned a lesson about entering situations that could pose problems. ‘But it’s not going to stop me from doing what I need to do.’
DailyMail.com has contacted Paul’s reps for comment.
Paul rose to fame alongside his brother Logan Paul, 25, on now defunct-video app Vine before transitioning to YouTube, where he now has over 20 million subscribers to his channel which features stunts, pranks, stories from his personal life, and more recently music videos.
He most recently drew backlash last month for blatantly flouting social distancing guidelines as COVID-19 cases spiked in California, by throwing a massive party at the mansion.