Rapper Young Nudy arrested in DeKalb County

Rapper Young Nudy arrested in DeKalb County

Quantavious Thomas, known in the rap world as Young Nudy, is in the DeKalb County Jail. (Photo: DeKalb County Sheriff's Office)

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — Local rapper Young Nudy was arrested early Sunday morning in DeKalb County.

According to jail records obtained by Channel 2 Action News and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Young Nudy -- whose real name is Quantavious Thomas -- was booked into the DeKalb jail on aggravated assault and gang charges about 4 a.m.

Thomas was arrested with rapper 21 Savage on unrelated charges out of DeKalb, according to a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement official.

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21 Savage, whose real name is Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was taken into custody by ICE early Sunday morning.

Both rappers were arrested following a traffic stop during which two additional people were taken into custody by DeKalb police, the source said.


Abraham-Joseph was held on allegations that he is actually from the United Kingdom and has been living in the U.S. illegally since 2006.

DeKalb police have not released the details of Thomas’ arrest or the names of the two other suspects.

The rapper's attorney sent Channel 2 Action News the following statement:

"This past weekend hip hop artist and community philanthropist. Young Nudy was arrested in Atlanta for warrants stemming from an incident which occurred two years ago. The case was initially investigated by Atlanta Police Department and Young Nudy was cleared of wrongdoing. DeKalb County Police Department has since picked up the charges. Young Nudy is taking these charges very seriously. Had law enforcement contacted us directly we would have voluntarily surrendered, but Young Nudy was arrested shortly after a performance Saturday Night.

Young Nudy, through his legal team, has conducted our own independent investigation regarding the allegations. We believe that Young Nudy is innocent and this is a case of mistaken identity. Young Nudy's legal team is working closely with law enforcement to ensure this case does not get blown out of proportion.

Young Nudy would like to thank his fans for their continued support."

Our investigative partners at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and AJC.com contributed to this report.