Rick Ross was arrested Wednesday morning on charges of aggravated assault, aggravated battery, and kidnapping.
The allegations stem from a confrontation the Maybach Music mogul reportedly had with a repairman at his Atlanta mansion two weeks ago. TMZ cites law enforcement sources that say Ross pistol whipped the worker and refused to let him leave the house. Ross’ bodyguard Nadrian James was also present during the incident and arrested on similar charges, including the kidnapping charge.
U.S. Marshals Service fugitive task force and deputies joined forces in the arrest. Jim Joyner, a supervisor with the Marshals’ Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force, told the Associated Press that they were forced to bust open the mansion’s gate after they were refused entry. “They refused to open the gate, so we opened the gate for them,” he said. When the authorities reached the house, they were let in and arrested the suspects without resistance.
Update: Billboard is reporting that Ross and James have been denied bail and are being held in a Fayette County jail. They’ve also identified the victim as Jonathan Zamudio. According to a warrant obtained by Billboard from the Fayette County police, Zamudio alleges Ross hit him twice with a 19mm Glock 17, causing “two chipped teeth, jaw injury, neck injury, and multiple scratches and contusions. The victim lost the use of his jaw and is restricted to soft foods and liquid diet only as result of not being able to chew food.” The second assault occurred while Zamudio was being forced into the mansion’s guest house and into a bedroom, where he was kept against his will.
Ross has a history of legal trouble, the most recent of which came earlier this month. He was arrested on marijuana possession charges after his vehicle was pulled over for having windows that violated tinting regulations. This happened three days after the alleged assault and kidnapping took place. Police say that during both that and the most recent incident, Ross remained cooperative.