St. Petersburg rapper Rod Wave arrested on weapons charge in Manatee County

by 24USATVApril 3, 2024, 8 p.m. 23
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St. Petersburg rapper Rod Wave was arrested Wednesday on a weapons charge in Manatee County and the case is related to an ongoing St. Petersburg police investigation, authorities said.

The 25-year-old rapper, whose real name is Rodarius Marcell Green, was arrested on two counts of illegally possessing a firearm or ammunition as a convicted felon, according to Manatee County booking records. Records show Green was still in custody Wednesday afternoon.

A spokesperson for the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office referred the Tampa Bay Times to the St. Petersburg Police Department, saying it’s that agency’s case.

When the Times inquired about Green’s arrest, St. Petersburg police spokesperson Yolanda Fernandez said in an email that the department was about to announce a 4 p.m. news conference to to “discuss some significant arrests.”

A subsequent news release announcing the news conference said St. Petersburg police Chief Anthony Holloway would “announce several major arrests in an on-going investigation.” The release said the department would not release details before the news conference.

TMZ reported Wednesday that Green’s attorneys disputed that he is a convicted felon.

The rapper grew up in St. Petersburg’s Cromwell Heights neighborhood. He began developing his musical career in high school, and in 2018 he signed with startup label Alamo Records, which was later acquired by Sony. In 2020, his song “Heart on Ice” became popular on TikTok and broke the Billboard Hot 100.

He was arrested in Pinellas County in 2022 on a domestic battery charge out of Osceola County that was later dropped. That same year, he made headlines for giving away $25,000 worth of free gas in St. Petersburg.

This is breaking news story that will be updated.

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