Yung Joc fails to appear at arraignment
EmptyUPDATED 11:40 a.m. PT Dec. 26
Yung Joc failed to show up at his arraignment Wednesday on a felony charge of carrying a concealed weapon and was considered a fugitive, a prosecutor said.
A judge issued an arrest warrant for the rapper, whose real name is Jasiel Robinson.
Robinson, 27, of Atlanta, was accused of attempting to take a loaded gun onto a Delta Air Lines flight Sunday and was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, police said.
Cuyahoga County assistant prosecutor Gayle Williams said Robinson was considered a fugitive.
Robinson's attorney, Stanley Jackson Jr., told the court Robinson had personal financial and family obligations. Jackson has said his client maintains his innocence.
Robinson was arrested early Sunday at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport at a standard security checkpoint as he was heading to a departing flight. Police said they found a semiautomatic handgun and ammunition in his carry-on bag.
He told police he didn't know the weapon was there and was released Monday on $50,000 bond, authorities said.
"This court is well aware of the environment of every airport across this nation with those very safety issues," Williams said, emphasizing the serious nature of the charge, which carries a possible jail sentence of up to 18 months.
"He is alleged to have taken a loaded firearm with 20 rounds of ammunition into the airport. It is also alleged that some of the ammunition in his possession was armor piercing."
On Wednesday, Municipal Judge Michael John Ryan doubled Robinson's bail to $100,000.
Robinson's Web site says he spends much of his time in Atlanta and has 11 brothers and sisters.