"Suge" Knight and Katt Williams Arrested in Beverly Hills Robbery | NBC Southern California

"Suge" Knight and Katt Williams Arrested in Beverly Hills Robbery

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Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight (left) and comic Micah "Katt" Williams.

Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight and comedian Micah "Katt" Williams were arrested Wednesday for stealing a paparazzo's camera outside a Beverly Hills studio last month, authorities said.

Knight and Williams are charged with one count each of robbery. 

The two men are suspected of stealing the camera of independent celebrity photographer Leslie Redden on Sept. 5 outside a studio in Beverly Hills.

Police say Knight "orchestrated" the robbery in an alley off North Canon Drive.

"It was a strong arm robbery where a camera was forcefully removed from the photographer by Katt Williams. The victim in the matter did sustain injury in this case," Beverly Hills Police Lt. Lincoln Hoshino said.

Williams was arrested Wednesday morning after he arrived at an Inglewood court for arraignment in a separate assault case.

Knight, who was staying at a property off the Las Vegas Strip, was taken into custody on Wednesday by a task force of local police and the FBI, according to a statement from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

Las Vegas authorities made the arrest after they were advised by Beverly Hills police that a felony warrant for robbery had been issued for Knight.

He was booked at the Clark County Detention Center on warrants for being fugitive and driving on a suspended license, Las Vegas police said.

"Mr. Knight was unaware that there was any warrant," said Richard Schonfeld, Knight's attorney. "We will be addressing the circumstances in court."

If convicted, Knight, who has a prior conviction for assault with a deadly weapon, faces up to 30 years to life in state prison. Williams faces up to seven years in custody.

"Mr. Knight is kind of a magnet for trouble over time. Assault with a deadly weapon in his past, he’s a fugitive from justice, driving on a suspended license," NBC4 legal analyst Royal Oakes said. "As a result, if convicted of stealing a camera, he could go to prison for 30 years."

Oakes believes Knight and Williams' defense teams may also have a case.

“I would say this is a horrible misunderstanding. These paparazzo folks can be abusive and you can’t blame him for lashing out and trying to take the camera," Oakes said.

Knight, the former head of Death Row Records, was most recently made the news in August when he was one of three people wounded during an early morning shooting at a West Hollywood nightclub.

Williams is free on $75,000 bail. Knight is in Las Vegas awaiting extradition and considered a fugitive for crossing state lines. His bail is set at $1 million.  

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