Rapper A$AP Rocky (Rakim Mayers) was robbed the night of Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at approximately 11:30 PM. The robbery took place at the celebrity’s Beverly Grove home. Authorities reported that at least $1.5 million in jewelry was stolen and at least one of the robbers was armed. Though Mayers was not home at the time, ASAP Rocky’s sister was present in the home and was held at gunpoint after exiting the home to confront the robbers. She was forced back inside as the suspects made their escape.
The suspects attempted to carry out a safe, but ended up leaving it on the sidewalk near the home. The sister was not injured during the time of the incident.
Several other celebrities have dealt with home invasions in Los Angeles recently, including rapper Nicki Minaj, singer Alanis Morissette, LA Laker Nick Young, actress Emmy Rossum, and A$AP Rocky’s current girlfriend, model Kendall Jenner.
California Robbery Law, PC 211 is defined as taking personal property from someone while they are present or from someone else’s immediate presence, against the person’s will and with the use of force or fear. In California, this is always charged as a felony.
The penalties of robbery are quite serious and are categorized as either first, second, or third degree. A person can be convicted of robbery of the first degree if:
- Robbery occurs against any driver or passenger on a bus, taxi, subway, etc.,
- It takes place in an inhabited structure
- It occurs to a person who has just used the ATM and is still in the vicinity of the ATM.
- Suspect threatens to use a deadly weapon
- A victim or someone else involved in the crime is seriously injured
If caught, the suspects will be convicted of armed robbery of the first degree. In California, first degree armed robbery can carry two different sentences: If the robbery was committed with more than one person and at a home or inhabited building the suspect can be sentenced to 3-9 years in state prison. More specifically, 10-20 years will be added for firing the gun during the robbery, and 25 years to life will be assigned if you cause a person great bodily harm or death with the firearm. Otherwise, the sentence will range anywhere from 3-6 years.
If you or someone you know has been charged with the crime of robbery, contact us 24 hours a day at (310) 448-1529 or visit us online to schedule a consultation. Our office is conveniently located in the Westside Towers in Los Angeles, within minutes of Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Westwood, and steps away from the Expo/ Bundy Station. We have flexible and weekend office hours, and we will visit you in jail to discuss your case.