Friday, May 14, 2021
Singer El DeBarge Arrested on Suspicion of Vandalism
By City News Service
Published July 19, 2018

El DeBarge arrives at the BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday, June 25, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Singer El DeBarge was arrested on suspicion of felony vandalism in the San Fernando Valley. 

DeBarge, 57, whose birth name is Eldra DeBarge, was taken into custody about 9 p.m. on July 13 by officers from the Los Angeles Police Department’s West Valley Station.

He was released about 10 a.m. on July 14 on $20,000 bail, jail records show. 


According to, the singer got into an argument “and chased a man out of a house … forcing him to retreat to a nearby RV.” 

“We’re told DeBarge was not deterred, and followed after the guy with a wrench, which he allegedly smashed into the RV’s windshield,” TMZ reported. “That’s when the other guy called [the] police, who arrested DeBarge for felony vandalism.” 

DeBarge is known for the song, “Rhythm of the Night,” first released in 1985, which was featured in the 2016 film “Ghostbusters: Answer the Call.” 

Categories: Entertainment | Music | News (Entertainment)
Tags: | | | |

Get the Los Angeles Sentinel App!

Since 1933 The Voice of Our Community Speaking for Itself.
88 Years of LA Sentinel.
Black News.

Black Fact of the Day

Photo of the Day


LA Sentinel
in your pocket:


LA Watts Times

© 2021 Los Angeles Sentinel All Rights Reserved • A Bakewell Media Publication

AboutArchivesContact UsCorrections & MisprintsMedia Kit

Terms of ServicePrivacy Policy

LA Watts TimesTaste of Soul

Close / I'm already on the list

Subscribe Today!

Don't be limited anymore! Subscribe Now »

** Existing subscribers, please Login / Register for Digital »

Subscribe to The Los Angeles Sentinel for only $5.99 $3.99 per month, with 1 month free!

Relax in comfort each week as you read the printed newspaper on your own time, delivered weekly to your home or office. This subscription also includes UNLIMITED DIGITAL ACCESS for all of your devices. Includes FREE shipping! One easy payment of $3.99/month gets you:

Subscribe Now »