WOODLAND HILLS—The Los Angeles Police Department have arrested a suspect in connection to a string of burglaries at the homes of several celebrities, the Los Angeles Police Department announced during a press conference on Tuesday, October 2. Tyress Williams, 19, of Los Angeles was charged with four felony counts of first-degree residential burglary.
According to prosecutors with the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, Williams allegedly burglarized four residences – a home owned by singer Tota Matthieu on August 24; professional baseball player Yasiel Puig’s residence on September 18; a home owned by singer Rihanna on September 25; and a residence owned by professional football player Robert Woods on September 27.
Three additional suspects were arrested in connection to Williams with the rash of burglaries at celebrity homes, including Damaji Hall, 18, Jshawne Daniels, 19, and Ashle Hall, 34, the mother of Damaji Hall. The LAPD indicated during a press conference that the suspects had a list of celebrity homes they were planning to target including actress Viola Davis, actor Matt Damon and NBA star LeBron James. The suspects utilized social media to target celebrity homes. Over 24 homes were burglarized by the suspects during the crime spree, where they had the addresses to the homes of their targets.
LAPD Captain Lillian Carranza stated during a press conference, “During recent months, the Los Angeles Police Department has become aware of a series of residential burglaries targeting actors, producers, musicians and professional athletes living in the Los Angeles area.” Authorities were able to identify some of the stolen property taken from NFL star Robert Woods’ home.
Two search warrants were served at the suspect’s residence, shortly after the arrest and additional locations, where more than $50,000 in cash was recovered. Watches, jewelry, designer purses and other luxury items, in addition to a stolen vehicle and firearm were also recovered. The LAPD recovered over $1 million in stolen items. Celebrities also targeted during the ring included singer/actress Christina Milian. Puig’s home has been broken into four times since March 2017.
Other celebrities who saw break-ins at their homes in recent months included John Mayer, Wiz Khalifa, Alanis Morisette, Post Malone, David Spade, Emmy Rossum, Kendell Jenner, Derek Fisher, Jamie Pressley and Nicki Minaj to name a few. Authorities have not revealed if those burglaries were committed by the same perpetrators.
Williams faces a possible maximum sentence of 10 years in state prison if convicted as charged. Prosecutors requested his bail be set at $200,000. The case is still under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department.