Cardi B's Cousin Arrested During Beverly Hills Outing With Her and Offset

Cardi B's cousin was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and carrying a loaded firearm in public. The incident occurred during a pro-Trump rally in Beverly Hills.

By Alyssa Morin Oct 25, 2020 7:08 PMTags

Cardi B's cousin was arrested on Saturday, Oct. 24 during an afternoon outing in Beverly Hills, Calif. with the "WAP" rapper and Offset.

E! News can confirm that local law enforcement took Marcelo Almanzar, 20, into custody after police officers were notified by an unidentified individual that Marcelo "pointed a weapon from a vehicle at him."

According to the Beverly Hills Police Department, the individual shared the vehicle's license plate and it "was stopped by patrol units a short distance away."

After police arrived at the scene, which was in the area of South Santa Monica Blvd. and N. Beverly Drive, local law enforcement explained "the passenger in the vehicle was arrested. The victim of the crime did not desire to press charges for the pointing of the weapon."

Per the police report, Marcelo was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and carrying a loaded firearm in public.

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At the time of the incident, a source tells E! News Cardi wasn't around when her cousin was arrested. The insider notes she was shopping "in the Hermès store."

Following the news, the couple has yet to publicly address the arrest.

However, the Bronx native did share updates on Instagram Stories of her trip to Beverly Hills beforehand. She showed a pro-Trump rally taking place and said in a series of videos, "I really feel like we're gonna get jumped."

"Trump supporters are everywhere. I'm scared," she added, later showing a video of people walking around. "Look at this... look at this! Look how they walking around with fake guns and covering their f--king face. I don't like this s--t."

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According to People, Offset was on Instagram Live when officers asked him why he wouldn't exit the vehicle. "Because you've got guns," the Migos member said, per the publication.

"That's my choice," the officer reportedly responded, to which Offset replied, "I'm not going to move my hands from the steering wheel."

"We were told that you guys were waving guns," another officer chimed in with Offset saying, "I'm a celebrity. You know who I am? I'm Offset from Migos. They're fans, that's why they're following me, bro."

Of the situation that occurred, the star's rep, Derrian Perry, issued a statement to E! News.

"Artist and Philanthropist Offset was detained by the Beverly Hills Police Department following an attack by aggressive Trump supporters," Derrian said. "He was released shortly thereafter. Offset thanks his fans for their support and wishes everyone peace and safety during these trying times. He encourages everyone to get out and vote because nothing changes if nothing changes."

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A separate source echoed the same sentiments as Offset's rep, stating, he "was not the aggressor, he followed and complied while guns were drawn on him and having conflicting directions from the officers."

The source added, "Offset's current focus is encouraging younger voters to get to the polls in order to keep incidents like this from continuously happening."

However, Sgt. Audra Alatorre claims Offset wasn't taken into custody with Cardi's cousin. In a statement to E! News, she said, "There have been media reports that entertainer Offset was arrested. Those reports are inaccurate."

She also confirmed that Marcelo's arrest took place "in the weekly pro-Trump rally, which was in the 'Business Triangle.'"

E! News has reached out to Cardi B's reps for comment and we have yet to receive a response.