Sticky Fingaz Arrested on Gun Charge

The rapper-turned-actor known as "Sticky Fingaz (search)" has been arrested on a charge that he left an unlicensed handgun in a Manhattan hotel room, police said.

The performer, whose given name is Kirk Jones, surrendered to police Tuesday morning and was awaiting arraignment on one count of criminal weapon possession.

Police said Jones had been staying at the Flatotel, (search) a luxury hotel a few blocks from Times Square, and left a 9mm pistol behind when he checked out on Monday.

Hotel staff discovered the weapon and called police. Jones, who became famous as a member of he rap group Onyx (search), was subsequently identified as the room's last occupant.

Jones, 35, and originally from Queens, was not licensed to carry the weapon, said police detective Kevin Czartoryski.

Jones was in custody Tuesday evening. He is appearing in an FX network television show called "Over There," about American soldiers in Iraq. He plays a character named "Smoke," who enlists in the Army to avoid a prison sentence.

A publicist for the FX network said he was unaware of the arrest and referred calls to Jones' manager, Brian Wilkins, who said he had no information about the incident. Jones' agent, Michael Greenwald, did not immediately return a phone message.