Ariana Grande’s brother was robbed in New York City by teens with a fake gun, police say


Frankie Grande, Ariana Grande’s brother, was robbed earlier this month in New York City by two teens, one of whom was carrying a fake gun, police said.

Police arrested the teenage boys, ages 17 and 13, after robbing Grande, 39, an actor and YouTube personality, around 6:30 p.m. on November 9 as he was walking north on Eighth Avenue between West 43rd and West 44th Streets in Manhattan.

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The boys approached Grande from behind and punched him before stealing his Louis Vuitton bag, iPhone 14 Pro – which police said they later recovered – Apple AirPods, sunglasses and bank card.

The 17-year-old had a “imitation gun” and the 13-year-old had a razor blade and controlled substance, according to police.

Both were charged with two counts of robbery, two counts of grand larceny, unlawful use of a credit card, assault, criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of stolen property, threat and harassment. The 13-year-old was also charged with possession of a controlled substance.

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Two law enforcement sources confirmed Grande’s identity as a victim to NBC News.

Grande refused medical attention for a minor injury, police said.

Grande has more than 450,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel, where he posts music videos and other performances, including with his famous sister. According to his IMDB page, he was also a former contestant on the reality show ‘Big Brother’.

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On an Instagram story posted Wednesday morning, Grande thanked his 2.1 million followers “for all your thoughts and prayers.”

“I am so grateful to be safe and healed,” he wrote. “Keep shining bright and stay safe out there.”

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