Cage the Elephant lead singer Matt Shultz was arrested Thursday, January 5, in New York City and charged with gun possession, multiple outlets are reporting.
On Wednesday, January 4, an employee at the Bowery Hotel, where Shultz was staying, saw him allegedly carry a handgun into a downstairs public restroom. Police showed up in his hotel room on January 5, and Shultz admitted that he owned two .45 caliber guns, a Sig Sauer and a Smith & Wesson, although he allegedly claimed at the time he couldn’t remember if they were still in the hotel.
Police took Shultz into custody and a judge issued a warrant allowing law enforcement officers to search his hotel room. Both firearms were found to be loaded. Shultz didn’t have a license for the guns.
Shultz, 39, spent the night in Manhattan’s 9th precinct and was charged with criminal possession of a firearm. He was reportedly taken to Bellevue Hospital on January 6 to get some necessary medication before being returned a few hours later.
He has no criminal record. Consequence has reached out to its representatives for comment.
Formed in 2006, Cage the Elephant has released five albums, most recently 2019’s Social Cues, which won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Album.