Chris Brown was arrested on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon Tuesday, the Los Angeles police department reported.
Brown was “arrested at some point this afternoon,” says LAPD detective Meghan Aguilar. Although an exact time was not available, she said Brown was arrested before 5 p.m. The R&B star will be booked into a LAPD jail facility before being transferred to county jail, and will be able to post bail if he chooses.
LAPD public information Officer Tony Im said Brown was arrested with his lawyer, Mark Geragos, by his side, after a “thorough investigation” that produced “probable cause” for arrest. But Im was unable to detail the circumstances of why Brown was arrested — for instance, did police find a gun at his home? Im said no one else was arrested in the case.
The arrest came after police spent hours outside Brown’s house, waiting for a judge to sign a search warrant so they could go inside and investigate a woman’s claim that the trouble-plagued singer threatened her with a gun earlier this morning.
The police declined to explain what they were doing at Brown’s house except to say that they were called to the sprawling mansion in Tarzana in the San Fernando Valley after a woman, still officially unidentified, reported about 3 a.m. Tuesday that Brown pointed a gun at her inside the house.
The accuser, Baylee Curran, later came forward and told The Los Angeles Times that Brown had pointed a gun at her face after Brown and another man at his home became angry with her when she admired the man’s diamond necklace. Curran hasn’t responded to requests for comment from the Associated Press.
Shortly before 1 p.m. PT, detectives from the robbery-homicide division entered Brown’s house with the warrant after his attorney arrived at the scene. Geragos did not return calls for comment.
About an hour later, Brown came out of his home peacefully, according to the AP. Various media organizations live streaming the scene showed a man in a red baseball cap sitting outside the house on the front walkway and smiling with police, as Geragos paced nearby.
The AP quoted Lt. Chris Ramirez telling reporters at the scene that several people were escorted from the residence after the search warrant was served and that everyone had been cooperative.