Rapper Roddy Ricch no longer faces gun ownership in NYC – NBC New York

Authorities have dropped charges against rapper Roddy Ricch after an arrest with a gun in New York City on Saturday forced him to miss a scheduled concert.

Ricch, 23, and two other men were taken into custody after police said a guard working at a checkpoint outside Citi Field in Queens noticed a firearm in the vehicle he was driving.

Shortly afterwards, authorities dropped charges against the Grammy Award winner and one of the other men in the vehicle, 57-year-old Carlos Collins of Eastchester, New York.

When asked what happened to Ricch’s case Monday, the Queens District Attorney’s office said it had no information to share. A message requesting comment was left with the NYPD.

A clerk told the New York Daily News on Sunday that the cases against Ricch, whose real name is Rodrick Moore, and Collins had been dropped. Neither case was listed in the public court.

Prosecutors are pursuing a case against the third man, who a guard said was sitting in the front passenger seat where the gun was found.

Michael Figueroa, 46, of Brooklyn, was charged with gun possession on Sunday.

As of Monday, Figueroa had not yet paid bail and was being held in the Rikers Island prison complex in New York City. A message requesting comment was left with Figueroa’s lawyer.

According to prosecutors, the guard told police he saw Figueroa pull an object from his waistband and reach for his feet after the vehicle stopped.

The guard said he then searched the vehicle and found a loaded gun under the passenger seat floor mat, prosecutors said.

Ricch’s arrest anticipated his performance Saturday at the Governors Ball Music Festival at Citi Field, but he returned to the stage on Sunday at radio station Hot 97’s Summer Jam concert at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

There, he led an explicit chant against the NYPD, according to social media posts. He later posted a profane response to a tweet about his arrest. Messages requesting comment were left with Ricch’s booking agency and record company on Monday.

Ricch, who hails from Compton, California, near Los Angeles, rose to fame with the single “Die Young.” He won a Grammy in 2020 for his performance in the late Nipsey Hussle’s song “Racks in the Middle.”

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