Video posted on social media appears to show DaBaby getting arrested in Miami on January 2. The rapper, whose real name is Jonathan Lyndale Kirk, has had numerous run-ins in with the law lately.
Based on the 28-year-old rapper’s Instagram posts, he was on vacation in Miami with friends celebrating the New Year and spent the earlier part of the day on a yacht and dining on lobster. According to information obtained by TMZ, DaBaby was arrested in connection to a robbery that took place at 12:30 p.m. local time and charged with battery. His bail was set at $15,000. Seven police cars pulled up to take the rapper into custody for questioning.
The victim in the alleged robbery is a concert promoter, according to the Charlotte Observer. DaBaby felt he was shorted $10,000 from his $30,000 performance fee, according to a Miami Police Department complaint and arrest affidavit. DaBaby told officers he was not involved in any fight.
According to the police report obtained by XXL, DaBaby was detained by the Miami Police outside the Novotel in Brickell. The victim, identified as Victim 1, claimed that a “verbal altercation” ensued before DaBaby punched a second victim, who’s referred to as Victim 2. The report said that the situation escalated, and DaBaby’s crew is accused of stealing Victim 1’s credit card, iPhone 7 and $80 after covering the man in apple juice.
DaBaby has remained in custody at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in Miami since his arrest yesterday. According to Local 10, the rapper is being held without bond because of an arrest warrant issued in Texas and will remain behind bars until he sees a judge on January 3.
DaBaby Was Celebrating NYE With Diddy and Dj Khaled In Miami
On New Year’s Eve, DaBaby brought in the new decade in style alongside Diddy and DJ Khaled. The “Suge” rapper partied alongside the hip-hop heavyweights at Story Nightclub in South Beach. In a video shared on social media, the Bad Boy Records founder Diddy is seen giving DaBaby his blessings. Diddy announced, “You’re the hottest in the game, you know what I’m saying.”
Prior to his arrest, DaBaby posted a series of photos of himself chilling in Miami. He didn’t caption the pictures, but he appeared to be enjoying a relaxing break in South Beach.
On December 31, DaBaby received the honor of being included on President Barak Obama’s list of favorite songs from 2019. Obama tweeted out the 44-song playlist with the caption, “From hip-hop to country to the Boss, here are my songs of the year,” which included DaBaby’s hit track “Suge.”
DaBaby’s Friends Wasted No Time Before Turning The Arrest Into A Photo-Op
It’s not unusual for DaBaby to post on Instagram or Twitter immediately following an arrest, but it seems those in his crew are trained to grab the camera right away and even turn it into a photo-op for themselves.
A local Twitter user, who appears to live right above where DaBaby was arrested, posted a video of the rapper Geechi posing on his vehicle during the arrest. The person snapping the pictures on camera is rapper Rich Dunk, who recently teamed up with DaBaby for the music video of his single “High School.”
Geechi quickly got the shots up on his Instagram and captioned the photos, “I shine with no problem, that’s why they really hate me.” During this photoshoot, video of DaBaby getting into a cop car was shot from the same Twitter user in the upstairs apartment building.
DaBaby has been on unsupervised probation since June, when he was convicted by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department in North Carolina of carrying a concealed gun, a misdemeanor, and sentenced to 12 months of unsupervised probation, as reported by TMZ. His initial 30-day jail sentence was suspended.
DaBaby Was Arrested In Charlotte On Christmas Eve
On December 24, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department officers arrested DaBaby in the parking lot of the Bojangles’ Coliseum and issued the rapper a citation for misdemeanor possession of marijuana, police said in a press release. The CMPD dropped the weapons charge and released him from custody. He was also issued a citation for resisting arrest, according to the police press release.
Afterward, DaBaby gave his own press conference with WSOC-TV reporter Joe Bruno. In the 90-second interview, he explained that he was not only mic’d up during the time he was “resisting arrest” but that his camera crew also videotaped the entire ordeal. DaBaby announced that he plans to release this video, which includes “high-quality audio,” on Tuesday.
DaBaby announced, “Seeing how they were unlawfully searching my car – before I went on stage I continued to perform for my fans, I had my outstanding video production team, the real GOATS, had them prepared…and had this right here put this on me,” DaBaby said, showing reporters his plastic bag of possessions, which appears to show a mic, “and pulled their own trick on them.”
“They following me, they pull us over for no reason, they search our cars, they do everything,” DaBaby said of what happens when he returns to his hometown to perform. Hours before his arrest, DaBaby was handing out gifts to kids in Charlotte.
Bruno said DaBaby was cited for possessing a half-ounce of marijuana, valued at $45. Bruno tweeted, “In addition to the marijuana, CMPD says they also discovered a concealed firearm, an empty glock 23 magazine and loose .45 caliber rounds. CMPD says they saw DaBaby arrive at Bojangles’ Coliseum to perform. The officers claim to have smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from his vehicle. The officers say they saw the marijuana in plain view when they shined their flashlights in the car.”