ATLANTA (AP) — Rapper Rick Ross is facing kidnapping and assault charges after a U.S. Marshals Service fugitive task force and deputies arrested him at his mansion outside Atlanta.
Jim Joyner, a supervisor with the Marshals’ Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force, tells The Associated Press that Ross and a man described as his bodyguard were taken into custody Wednesday morning in Fayette County.
According to multiple reports, Ross and his bodyguard, now identified as Nadrian James, 42, are charged with allegedly pistol-whipping a groundskeeper at a Fayetteville, Georgia property formerly owned by boxer Evander Holyfield. The weapon, a Glock 9MM, left the worker with injuries to his jaw and neck and its reported he’s now on a liquid diet as a result of them.
Joyner said Ross — whose real name is Williams Roberts — was being held in the Fayette County jail on charges of kidnapping, aggravated assault and aggravated battery. The bodyguard, whose name wasn’t released, faces the same charges.
Joyner said details of the charges would have to come from Fayette County authorities, who weren’t immediately available early Wednesday. It wasn’t known early Wednesday whether Ross has an attorney in the case.