Following a gun arrest in New York City on Saturday that prompted him to miss a show, authorities have dismissed criminal charges against rapper Roddy Ricch.
Ricch and two other males were arrested after a security guard stationed outside Citi Field in Queens discovered a handgun in the vehicle he was traveling in, according to police. Soon after, the Grammy Award winner and then one of the men in the car, 57-year-old Carlos Collins of Eastchester, NYC, were released from custody.
The charges against Ricch, (Rodrick Moore), and Collins have been dropped, according to a court clerk who spoke to the New York Daily News on Sunday. On the public court docket, neither matter was mentioned.
Authorities are seeking a case against the third guy, who was allegedly seated in the passenger seat when the pistol was discovered, according to a security officer.
Michael Figueroa, 46, of Brooklyn, was charged with weapons possession. The security officer told police that when the car was halted, Figueroa pulled an item from his waistline and reached toward his feet, according to prosecutors.
Prosecutors claimed the guard then inspected the car and discovered a loaded handgun under the front passenger seat floor mat. According to authorities, a loaded pistol, nine rounds of ammo, and a high capacity mag were discovered in the automobile. Figueroa was being detained at the Rikers Island jail facility in New York City as of Monday because he had not paid bail. Figueroa’s attorney has been contacted for comment.
Ricch’s Reaction to the Scenario
Ricch’s arrest forced him to cancel his appearance at Citi Field’s Governors Ball Music Festival on Saturday, but he returned to the stage on Sunday at Hot 97’s Summer Jam concert at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
As per posts on social media, he led an explicit chanting against the NYPD there. Later, he responded to a tweet announcing his arrest with a nasty retweet. Ricch’s agency & record label were contacted for comments on the whole scenario.
He also won a Grammy in 2020 for appearing on the late Nipsey Hussle’s song “Racks in the Middle”. Ricch, who hails from Compton, California, gained fame for the track “The Box.” from his album “Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial” and is mostly known for it.