Singer Chris Brown was arrested on suspicion for assault with a deadly weapon following a stand-off with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). Police spokesman Lt Chris Ramirez said officers were transporting the singer to downtown LA, where he would be formally booked.
The LAPD was involved a stand-off with the singer at his home after a woman called police for assistance. Officials at the police department allege that the robbery and homicide division was handling the incident with Brown, who was allegedly not allowing police into the building on Tuesday (30 August).
According to The Los Angeles Times, officers took all morning to obtain a search warrant to enter Brown's home. Ramirez said that once the occupants of the home were removed, they were interrogated to determine what had happened.
In a series of videos posted to social media site Instagram, Brown declares his innocence saying he was asleep when police arrived. In one video Brown tells the camera that if the police get a search warrant they will find nothing illegal inside the home.
He also dismissed recent US TV reports that he was barricaded inside his home. People have been seen outside of his mansion lined-up with police also outside – reportedly waiting for a warrant to search the huge property.
Celebrity news site TMZ, who claim to have broke the story, say that police have retrieved a duffel bag thrown out of a window of his home containing drugs and a gun. Lt Chris Ramirez of the LAPD confirmed that they received a call from a woman early on Tuesday morning from the home in the Tarzana neighbourhood of the city.
He declared in one video: "Good luck. When you get the warrant or whatever you need to do, you're going to walk right up in here and you're going to see nothing, you idiots". He added: "I'm tired of ... dealing with y'all", before promoting his latest album.
Officer Lyle Knight told the Associated Press that police are waiting for a judge to approve a search warrant for the property.
The Grammy-winning singer had spent six years on probation after pleading guilty to attacking his then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009. His probation was lifted in March 2015. He completed roughly 1,000 hours of community service and was also ordered to attend domestic violence classes.
Then in May 2014 he admitted to violating his probation after committing an assault outside a Washington DC hotel. His victim claimed that the Tappahannock, Virginia native hurled homophobic abuse at him before the 27-year-old star and his bodyguard punched him in the face.