On Monday (January 16), Lil Tjay was reportedly arrested in The Bronx after police found loaded firearms inside the vehicle he was riding in.
According to the NY Post, police say the 21-year-old rapper, born Tione Jayden Merritt, was in a Cadillac Escalade with four friends when authorities pulled them over because of the SUV’s tinted windows and a missing front license plate.
When searching the vehicle during the traffic stop at around 4 p.m., police confiscated four guns prior to arresting Tjay and the four people with him. He and two other people inside the SUV were later charged with criminal possession of a weapon.
The Bronx rapper was in his native borough to shoot a music video, social media posts later revealed.
The police bust comes just seven months after Lil Tjay was shot several times during a robbery attempt in Edgewater, New Jersey.
Additionally, Ice Spice, who shot the music video with Tjay, had a run-in with law enforcement around the same time during a separate, nearby incident. She was reportedly not arrested or charged with anything, however a man who was in the car with her was taken into custody and charged with criminal possession of a weapon, according to the NYPD.
34-year-old Markus Grisham was charged with criminal possession of a weapon after a 9 millimeter gun was found on him at the time of the stop, according to The Post.