Report: Authorities Refile Charges Against Jake Paul from 2020 Arrest at Arizona Mall

Tim Daniels@@TimDanielsBRFeatured Columnist IVAugust 16, 2021

YouTube personality Jake Paul attends the fight between his brother Logan Paul and former world welterweight king Floyd Mayweather in an eight-round exhibition bout at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida on June 6, 2021. - Floyd Mayweather predictably dominated YouTube star Logan Paul on Sunday night in an eight round exhibition fight at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida.
Mayweather, who weighed in at 155 lbs with his opponent tipping the scales at 189.5 lbs, produced a typically slick performance much to the delight of a substantial crowd at the home of the Miami Dolphins. (Photo by CHANDAN KHANNA / AFP) (Photo by CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP via Getty Images)

The City Attorney's Office in Scottsdale, Arizona, has refiled two criminal misdemeanor charges against YouTube star and boxer Jake Paul after federal prosecutors decided against pursuing a case related to his presence at a mall while it was being looted in May 2020.

TMZ Sports reported Monday that Paul faces a maximum sentence of one year in jail if found guilty on counts of criminal trespass and unlawful assembly.

Federal prosecutors launched an extensive investigation into Paul following the incident, which included FBI raids of his homes in Las Vegas and Calabasas, California, but decided against federal charges based on a lack of evidence, per TMZ.

The City of Scottsdale retained the option to refile its original charges following the feds' decision and opted to do so. Paul's next court date will be after Labor Day (Sept. 6), according to the report.

"To be absolutely clear, neither I nor anyone in our group was engaged in any looting or vandalism," he said as part of a statement posted on Twitter last May.

Paul rose to prominence on YouTube and parlayed that into a music and acting career that included two seasons as a main character on the Disney Channel show Bizaardvark.

The 24-year-old Cleveland native has shifted his focus to boxing in recent years along with his brother, Logan Paul. They've helped drive a trend of celebrity boxing matches as the foundation for entertainment events with musical performances as part of the card.

Paul has shown some promise in the ring with three straight wins while steady increasing his level of competition to open his pro career. He's defeated fellow YouTuber Ali "AnEsonGib" Al-Fakhri, former NBA player Nate Robinson and former MMA fighter Ben Askren.

Next up is former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley on Aug. 29 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in his native Cleveland. His last two bouts took place at Staples Center in Los Angeles and Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.