WEST HOLLYWOOD (CBS) — A rapper known as Tyler, the Creator was arrested on suspicion of felony vandalism after allegedly trashing electronic equipment following a show at The Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood, authorities said Friday.

The 20-year-old rapper, whose real name is Tyler Gregory Okonma, was taken into custody after deputies were called to the business at 9009 Sunset Blvd. about 11:30 p.m. Thursday, said Sgt. Arthur Famble Jr. of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s West Hollywood Station.

Okonma was arrested following a show in which he appeared, according to TMZ.

“Deputies were contacted by security guards employed by the Roxy Entertainment Venue (who) stated that (Okonma) had just destroyed an electronic soundboard belonging to the Venue,” Famble said. “Security guards … were desirous of an arrest.

“Suspect Okonma exited the location and was placed under arrest by deputies for felony vandalism, due to the value of the electronic soundboard,” Famble said. “As he was being escorted to a nearby radio car, the crowd exiting the venue became angry and rushed into the street towards the

Other deputies were summoned to the scene for crowd control, and Sunset Boulevard was closed between Doheny Drive and San Vicente Boulevard for about half an hour, Famble said. No injuries were reported.

Okonma won MTV’s Best New Artist Award in 2011.

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Comments (10)
  1. Teufel Wolf says:

    Nice example he sets for his young fans.

    1. uhoh says:

      Rock and roll stars have been doing this for years. Nice example they have been setting for decades. Troll much?

      1. uhoh = oh please says:

        How in the world does Teufel’s comment make him a troll?! You’re an idiot, uhoh. You shouldn’t be playing in the grown up’s play areas; you haven’t graduated to big boy panties yet.

    2. Bravo Echo 31 says:

      Look at the stupid look on this noise making mudflap. Wow, I’ve seen some students on a short yellow bus look like they had on the ball. Throw the book at this wannabe jungle noise maker.The guards should thump this guy daily.

  2. Al says:

    Good for the Roxy. “Entertainers” who break the law as part and parcel of their acts (destroy property, expose themselves, throw things at the audience . . which is assault . . .) should be prosecuted. Though it won’t happen, he should also be charged with inciting a riot on top of everything else because, but for his intentional action of destroying the sound equipment which resulted in his arrest in the first place, his fans would not have reacted in the manner in which they did. Throw the book at the jerk . . oh, and also don’t forget to bill him for all the costs associated with his arrest, including all the extra deputies that were needed to control his ‘fans’.

    1. anger loco says:

      Dude, do you know how racist the LA County Sheriff are? How much they hurt and assault inmates for nothing in their jail downtown. Do you know they lie constantly on minorities, especially blacks?
      I don’t believe this guy should have been arrested. I bet the security at the Roxy and the Racist police/sheriffs are a bunch of Liars.
      Release the brotha from jail and a good lawyer should sue the ROXY and the racist Sheriff department for false arrest and abuse of power to say the least.

      1. cory says:

        Another negro playing the ‘victim card’. Denying the fact that they are responsible for the vast majority of crime in america!!

      2. Stop Using The Race Card says:

        The only person or persons who sound racist is you, anger loco. It’s funny how people who claim they are targeted in racist treatments seem to be the one who is the racist. The LA Sheriff’s department is not racist, dude. You’re just mad ’cause your “brotha” got caught dealin’ and now he’s in prison where he belongs. Grow up, man.

  3. Ralph says:

    Prison yard music is not just another kind of rocknroll. Rocknroll is juvenile, sure, but rap is out of the prison yard. It’s the aesthetic of those who are ugly on the inside. It sounds like a domestic dispute. It sounds like the chanting of sociopaths in max. security prison. This is immediately apparent, like a bad smell or an eye sore, so people who give it a pass are pretending not to see it in order to get along, and these people are pathetic.

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