Knight, whose real name is Marion Hugh Knight, was arrested just after midnight Thursday in Gardena following an assault with a deadly weapon incident which occurred a short time earlier, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
Nearly a half-dozen officers surrounded Knight’s white Cadillac Escalade in the area of Crenshaw Blvd. and 147th Street. He was then placed in handcuffs and taken into custody.
Knight was booked for assault with a deadly weapon involving a gun and driving with a suspended license — a misdemeanor charge, police told KTLA.
No further details of the alleged assault were released.
Knight, 45, was booked at the Metro jail in downtown Los Angeles, and bail was set at $65,000, police said.
The co-founder and former CEO of Death Row Records has a long history of being in trouble with the law.
In 1996, he was sent to prison for a parole violation.
The following year, he was sentenced to 9 years for the violation.
He was released in 2001 but was sent back to jail in 2003 for violating parole.
Death Row Records suffered after Knight’s incarceration.
He was implicated in the March 2009 armed robbery of Los Angeles-based R&B/Hip Hop producer Noel “Detail” Fisher.
Knight was most recently accused of having 10 men taken jewelry from Jerold Ellis, who uses the name Yukmouth, outside a Los Angeles supermarket. Ellis later recanted the story.
Knight’s name is derived from “Sugar Bear” — a childhood nickname.