The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed to XXL on Thursday (Sept. 3) that the 22-year-old rapper, born Richard Lamar Hawk, was taken into custody on Friday (Aug. 29) after walking into a random home looking for his girlfriend while wielding a hatchet in the Valley Village section of Los Angeles. The LAPD said one of the occupants at the home had a gun, which stopped him. According to.a report from ABC 7 on Wednesday (Sept. 2), the homeowners and their children were present at the time of the intrusion and although they were frightened, no one was harmed.
TMZ also reports that a member of the household screamed for help and other people took Silento to the ground to disarm him. Silento’s friend arrived at the home to tell the rapper that he was at the wrong house and they fled before cops arrived.
Silento was apprehended by LAPD officers about a block away from the home. He was charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon.
One day prior, on Friday (Aug. 28), the Georgia rapper was arrested by the Santa Ana Police Department and transported to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department following a report of a domestic disturbance. He was taken into custody and later released on a charge of inflicting corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant.
NBC Los Angeles reports that Hawk is currently in custody on the assault charge with a bail of $105,000. He is scheduled to appear in court on Friday (Sept. 4).
Prior to Silento‘s recent legal issues, he peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on July 18, 2015 with his well-known single “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae).” The song, which sparked a dance that completely overtook social media, was on the Billboard chart for 53 weeks. He first released the Bolo Da Producer-made track in May of 2015. He sits among the esteemed list of rappers who have the most-viewed hip-hop videos in the world, with currently over 1.7 billion views for “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae).”
XXL has reached out to the Los Angeles Police Department, the Santa Ana Police Department and the Orange County Police Department for a comment on this matter.
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