Rapper Rick Ross Arrested on Kidnapping, Assault Charges
Rapper Rick Ross and his bodyguard were arrested Wednesday morning on kidnapping and aggravated battery charges in Fayette County.
The founder of Maybach Music Group, Ross is perhaps best known for his 2006 single “Hustlin’.” He was raised near Miami but purchased last year the Fayetteville mega-mansion that once belonged to boxing legend Evander Holyfield.
In an emailed statement, Fayette County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Allen Stevens said the agency on June 7 “initiated an investigation regarding an assault which occurred at a residence on Highway 279.”
Through that investigation, Ross, 39, and bodyguard Nadrian Lateef James, 42, were identified as the suspects in the assault, Stevens said.
According to Channel 2 Action News, Ross was having work done on the home when he allegedly got into a fight with one of the workers and pistol-whipped that person.
He and James were arrested in Fayetteville “without incident,” Stevens said in the statement. In addition to kidnapping and aggravated battery, Ross was charged with aggravated assault, authorities said.
Ross and James are being held at the Fayette County jail for an initial appearance and bond hearing, according to the U.S. Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force, the agency that assisted the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office in the latest arrest.