U.S. Marshals arrested Young Thug early Wednesday morning for allegedly making terroristic threats. Authorities claim the 22-year-old rapper, whose real name is Jeffrey Lamar Williams, threatened to shoot a security guard at Atlanta’s Perimeter Mall in the face, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. An arrest warrant claims the rapper was being escorted out of the mall on July 7th when he made the alleged threat.
Williams was apprehended without incident at a residence in Sandy Springs, Georgia around 6 a.m. Jim Joyner, a spokesman for the U.S. Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force – which was aiding local police in serving Young Thug with a warrant – confirmed the arrest.
A representative for the rapper did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The arrest comes one month before the August 28th release of Young Thug’s debut album, HiTunes. His Barter 6 mixtape came out in April. Most recently, he delayed the release of another mixtape titled Slime Season, according to HotNewHipHop. In 2013, his 1017 Thug release made Rolling Stone’s list of the 10 best mixtapes of the year, and “Picachu” made Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 best songs of the year.
The rapper’s song “Stoner” was a Number Five rap hit last year, and his single “Check” made the Hot 100 earlier this year. “Anyone can rap if you’ve got brains,” Young Thug told Rolling Stone last December about how he fell into making music. “So I just went with it.”