Jake Paul Charged With Criminal Trespassing After Being ID’d Filming Looters At Arizona Mall

YouTuber Jake Paul has been charged by police in Arizona after smartphone footage allegedly showed the guy waltzing through a shopping centre while it was being looted.

He faces misdemeanour charges of criminal trespass and unlawful assembly, NBC News reports.

Paul, who has more followers on social media than is worth mentioning here, was allegedly caught on camera while filming the scene at Scottsdale Fashion Square on May 30.

Bystander footage appears to show a small crew roaming near rioters, who took advantage of peaceful demonstrations in protest of George Floyd‘s death to ransack the shops.

In a statement obtained by NBC News, Scottsdale Police Department said their investigation revealed Paul was present after receiving “hundreds of tips and videos” from the scene.

The department said Paul was in the shopping centre “after the protest was declared an unlawful assembly and the rioters were ordered to leave the area by the police.”

Taking to Twitter this morning, Paul said he wanted the focus to return to Floyd and the broader protest movement.

Earlier, Paul denied actively taking part in any looting or vandalism, instead saying he and his team “filmed everything we saw in an effort to share our experience and bring more attention to the anger felt in every neighbourhood we traveled through.”

He’s set to face court in July.