Katt Williams Arrested On Gun Charge In New York

Comedian Katt Williams was arrested in New York City early Thursday morning (November 6) along with six other individuals, hours before he was scheduled to perform at Carnegie Hall, according to the New York City Police Department. The Ohio-born funny man and his entourage were taken into custody around 1:45 am, after an investigation of two vehicles yielded a total of three fire arms.

According to NYPD Public Information officer Lieutenant John Grimpel, police officers observed two parked vehicles on the corner of West 28th Street and Broadway in the late night hours, one of which was a Cadillac Escalade with no license plate.

That prompted the patrolling officers to investigate the vehicles.

Upon inspecting the two vehicles, police uncovered a .40 caliber Smith and Wesson handgun and a 9mm Taurus in the Escalade.

An additional handgun, a .45 caliber Glock, was discovered in the second vehicle, described by Grimpel as a Mercedes-Benz “party van.”

The 37-year-old comedian, born Micah S. Katt Williams, was arrested alongside three men and three women.

Williams was charged with criminal possession of a handgun and taken to Manhattan Criminal Court, as were his co-defendants Steven Echols, 38, Larry Tolbert, 30, Marcus Clinton, 32.

Also taken into custody were Darnishia Gross and Victoria Meza, both 22, and 32-year-old Lena Smith, who provided authorities with the same address as Williams.

At press time, a request for an update on the crew’s arrest status from the Manhattan District Attorney’s office was unavailable.

Coincidentally, Williams was arrested on similar charges in Los Angeles two years ago today.

The self-proclaimed pimp made headlines on November 7, 2006 after a stolen handgun was discovered in his suitcase during a security check at Los Angeles International Airport.

Williams was released on bail and eventually made his scheduled appearance at Carnegie Hall.