Hip-hop heavyweight Suge Knight and comedian Katt Williams have been arrested amid reports they stole a paparazzo's camera.
Knight was taken into custody on Wednesday (29Oct14) in Las Vegas, while Williams was arrested while appearing in court on a separate assault case.
They stand accused of taking a camera belonging to an unnamed female photographer in Beverly Hills in September (14). Knight and Williams have each been charged with one count of robbery.
Police spokesman Sgt. Max Subin tells the Los Angeles Times the pair chased the snapper down an alley after she attempted to take photos of them leaving a recording studio. She allegedly suffered minor injuries when Williams grabbed her camera "forcibly".
Although the report was filed in early September (14), local police chiefs tell the newspaper that detectives have spent weeks building the case to obtain the arrest warrants, calling it an "ongoing, rapidly evolving investigation".
The alleged theft could land both stars behind bars for several years - Williams faces up to seven years in prison, while Knight faces 30 years due to a prior conviction for assault with a deadly weapon.
Both Knight and Williams have had multiple run-ins with the law in the past - Knight served four years of a nine-year prison sentence for violating his probation relating to an assault case, and he was sent back to jail two years after his release in 2001 for hitting a parking lot attendant.
The former record label boss was also arrested on drug and aggravated assault charges in Las Vegas in 2008, and he was taken into custody in Sin City in February, 2012, after police officers found marijuana in his car and several warrants for prior traffic violations.
Meanwhile, Williams was recently charged with two counts of felony assault following an incident in July (14), in which he allegedly pepper-sprayed a man and tried to hit him with his car.
According to TMZ.com, pals Knight and Williams were also arrested following a fight at a Los Angeles nightclub hours after Williams was released from jail in 2012.
Knight is still recovering after he was shot six times in the stomach and arm while partying at a Los Angeles nightclub before the MTV Video Music Awards in August (14).