Cage the Elephant singer Matt Shultz arrested in NYC, charged with criminal possession of weapons


Cage the Elephant lead singer Matt Shultz was arrested Thursday in New York City, EW has confirmed.

The 39-year-old rocker, who was staying at the Bowery Hotel in Manhattan, was charged with criminal gun possession after police executed a search warrant and discovered firearms in his room, New York City police said.

The arrest came after officers reportedly received an 911 call about a person carrying a gun at the hotel at 10am on Thursday. Billboard.

Earlier reports stated that a Bowery Hotel employee spotted Shultz carrying a gun in a bathroom on the ground floor on Wednesday evening, prompting them to alert police, the Daily mail reported. However, the NYPD told EW that they could not confirm those facts.

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SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 20: Matt Shultz of Cage the Elephant performs at the Wonderfront Music & Arts Festival at Seaport Villag on November 20, 2022 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)

Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Cage the Elephant’s Matt Shultz was arrested and charged with criminal possession of weapons.

After his arrest, Shultz was taken to Lower Manhattan’s 9th district station, PEOPLE reports.

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Cage the Elephant representatives did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment. The Bowery Hotel declined to comment.

Cage the Elephant formed in Bowling Green, Ky., in 2006. The rock band — which consists of Matt, his older brother Brad Shultz, Nick Bockrath, Matthan Minster, Daniel Tichenor, and Jared Champion — has performed during their career, including ‘Ain’ t No Rest for the Wicked’ from 2008, ‘Come a Little Closer’ from 2013 and ‘Skin and Bones’ from 2019.

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The group won their first Grammy for Best Rock Album after the release of their third record, Tell me I’m beautiful. Cage the Elephant won the same award at the 2020 Grammys for their fifth and final album, Social signalswhich was released in 2019.

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