(CTN News) – Officials say a man matching the description of high school basketball star Mikey Williams was arrested Thursday in Jamul on multiple counts of assault with a firearm.
A $50,000 bond was posted for his release from San Diego Central Jail shortly after midnight.
An arrest was made on Bratton Valley Road near Honey Springs Road for Michael Anthony Williams, whose birth date is June 26, 2004, according to Lieutenant Matthew Carpenter.
A warrant was issued for the 18-year-old’s arrest at 3:30 p.m. He was being held on suspicion of five counts of assault with a firearm.
It was NBC 7 that provided photos of Mikey Williams to Carpenter. Carpenter said that the photos matched the booking photo of the man in custody.
Williams’ arrest was not disclosed Thursday. The business adviser to Williams, Pat McCain, declined to comment on the matter.
Mikey Williams will be appearing in court on the 20th of April.
In addition to being one of the country’s most recognizable prep basketball players, Williams is a social media sensation who has built an endorsement empire worth millions, including a deal with Puma to sell sneakers.
His Tiktok videos have received a combined audience of 321 million views. Earlier this morning, his Instagram account, which had more than 3.8 million followers, was deactivated. He often posted pictures of himself at his house or posing in front of exotic cars.
This past November, Mikey Williams and his San Diego teammate J.J. Taylor both announced that they would be playing at the University of Memphis as of next season.
Friday morning, the university issued a statement stating that they were aware of the situation and were gathering as much information as possible.
Earlier this year, Williams purchased a 3,700 square foot house on Bratton Valley Road for $1.2 million. In that apartment, he lived with a teammate of his from San Ysidro High School.
The sophomore spent his freshman year at San Ysidro, and in his first game as a freshman, he scored 41 points and later 77 points in another game later in the season.
It was a successful season for the Cougars as they won the CIF-San Diego Section Division III championship. Mikey Williams was named the MaxPreps national freshman of the year.
After studying in North Carolina for his sophomore and junior years, Williams returned to the San Diego area last spring, moving into the Jamul home that he purchased in August.
During his senior year, he averaged 23.8 points and 9.2 rebounds on an 18-13 team that lost in the semifinals of the CIF Open Division playoffs.
It is my goal to play in the NBA,” Mikey Williams told the Charlotte Observer in 2021. I aspire to be one of the greatest players in the history of the game. There is no doubt in my mind that I can accomplish this goal. As long as I continue to work, I will succeed.”