Last Thursday evening (January 5), Cage the Elephant vocalist Matt Shultz – who has no previous criminal record – was arrested for illegally possessing two weapons, Consequence reported. According to Deadlinehe has now posted “$10,000 bail and is awaiting a hearing in February in New York City.”
Deadline clarified that the two firearms were found at his “Lower Manhattan hotel,” adding, “Police were called when someone saw him take a gun from his pocket. The 39-year-old appeared to be intoxicated, police said. Consequence specified that said person was “an employee of the Bowery Hotel.” . . . [who] allegedly saw him carry a gun into a ground-floor public bathroom.”
When questioned by the NYPD, Shultz admitted to owning two .45 caliber guns, a Sig Sauer and a Smith & Weston, though at the time he reportedly claimed not to remember whether they were still in the hotel, Consequence elaborated. After obtaining a search warrant from a judge, police actually found the two unlicensed and loaded guns in his hotel room.
After spending the night on the 9thTh precinct in Manhattan, Consequence continued, Shultz “was reportedly taken to Bellevue Hospital to acquire some necessary medication before being returned a few hours later.”
Deadline also noted that prosecutors “said they also confiscated 11 Polaroid photos of the guns, including some depicting ‘a hand holding, pointing the firearm.'” In addition, six handwritten notes were found, ‘one of which in the substance says, ‘I will protect myself if I am attacked’.”
The publication also specified that “Schultz’s attorney said in court that the guns were purchased legally and registered, but not in New York.”
Finally, TMZ has obtained footage of Shultz being arrested, which you can watch below:
Cage the Elephant’s Matt Shultz Arrested on Gun Charges (January 5, 2022)
Shultz is scheduled to appear in court in February. 22, 2023.
As for Cage the Elephant, they’ve been relatively quiet since their 2019 release Social signals (which received mostly positive reviews and won the 2020 Grammy Award for Best Rock Album).
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