A reported sexual assault summoned Boston police to the House of Blues music venue Wednesday night, but then officers also had to help break up a crowd of about 1,000 people who became “unruly” when they found out rapper Kodak Black, slated to perform, was a no show, officials said.
One man was arrested on multiple charges stemming from an alleged assault on venue security. Meanwhile, Kodak Black was arrested at the U.S.-Canadian border on gun and drug possession-related charges.
Police were called to the venue at 15 Lansdowne St. around 8:20 p.m. for the sexual assault, according to officials.
“Officers arrived on scene and observed a large group of approximately 200 people waiting outside the venue,” police said in a statement. “Officers entered the building where they encountered approximately 800 people inside who appeared to be growing restless while awaiting the start of the scheduled performance.”
Police found the reported victim, who was taken away by ambulance, and then contended with the concertgoers.
“While the officers continued to attend to the victim, the crowd both outside and inside the venue grew unruly upon learning that the headline performer of the show would not be appearing,” police said. “Officers called for additional responding units to assist with crowd control and dispersal.”
Samuel Simmons, 20, of Newton, was the man arrested “after a brief struggle;” police said they allegedly saw him “push and punch” venue security while trying to get back inside. He was charged with assault and battery, disorderly conduct, trespassing, and resisting arrest.
The House of Blues received a license premises violation for the alleged altercation and the sexual assault. Police are continuing to investigate the sexual assault and further details have been “deemed classified.” No injuries were reported from the scene, police said.
As for Kodak Black, he was allegedly driving a Cadillac Escalade with two passengers when attempting to cross the border from Canada into New York around 7:20 p.m., according to the Associated Press.
“The men admitted to border agents that they possessed marijuana and firearms. State police, who were called in, said Black was found with marijuana and officers discovered a Glock 9mm pistol in the vehicle,” the article said. “The 21-year-old rapper from Miramar, Florida was arrested on charges of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and unlawful possession of marijuana.”