Charlotte-based rapper, DaBaby, real name Jonathan Lyndale Kirk, was arrested on Thursday by police in Miami.
According to NBC affiliate WPTV West Palm Beach, DaBaby was held in connection with a robbery investigation.
While police have not released any details, it’s believed the arrest warrant pertains to an incident in Texas. The MPD has so far said that it is “an open and ongoing investigation.” DaBaby was later charged with one count of battery, and he was given a $1,500 bond.
Fellow rapper DJ Akademiks posted a video on Twitter which appeared to show the arrest. In the post, he seems to be claiming the innocence of DaBaby. He states: “Why they locked up Da Baby bruh… he ain’t even do nuffin…”
Why they locked up Da Baby bruh… he ain’t even do nuffin… pic.twitter.com/8I7T24JQRW
— DJ Akademiks (@Akademiks) January 2, 2020
TMZ claims that the alleged victim was a concert promoter in Texas. They report that the victim was meeting DaBaby and his crew to pay him for a concert performance.
It’s said the rapper believed he was being short-changed, and when tempers flared things allegedly “got out of control”.
TMZ say that the police report revealed that the promoter tried to pay DaBaby $20,000 but the rapper said he was owed $30,000. As a result, DaBaby allegedly took $80, a credit card, and an iPhone from the victim, before throwing apple juice on him.
DaBaby was arrested just last week in North Carolina for Marijuana possession. After the incident, he took to social media to claim he was the victim of police harassment.
Someone died last night while the police department wasting resources and officers to harass me in attempt to make a bad example out of me. When in reality, i’m the most positive example the city of Charlotte got. Especially for anybody in the streets of Charlotte and the KIDS.
— DaBaby (@DaBabyDaBaby) December 24, 2019
He was also arrested early last year following an incident in November 2018, which led to a man being shot and killed after an altercation with the rapper in a Walmart. After claiming self-defense DaBaby was charged with carrying a concealed weapon; he was sentenced to 12 months unsupervised probation.
DaBaby was in Miami to perform alongside fellow rappers rapper Diddy and DJ Khaled on New Year’s Eve.