Post by The Ultimate Nullifier on Feb 7, 2014 9:00:32 GMT -6
UFC fighter Thiago Silva is in custody after last night's standoff with police. He has been charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, resisting arrest without violence and two other charges. NBC Miami explains the situation that began following Silva threatening people at Pablo Popovitch Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Center:
The armed suspect went to the school at 777 E. Oakland Park Blvd. and threatened the people there, but no one was injured, said the BSO, which was called about the situation at about 7:45 p.m.
The suspect then went to his home and locked himself inside it, according to the BSO.
The SWAT team responded to the scene, and authorities were trying to establish contact with the suspect, the BSO said.
Last night the UFC issued a very brief statement of "This evening, we were made aware of a situation involving Thiago Silva. We are in the process of gathering the facts and have no further comment at this time."
Post by The Ultimate Nullifier on Feb 7, 2014 13:59:47 GMT -6
Thiago Silva charged; gone from UFC; arrest details
UFC fighter Thiago Silva was charged this morning with two counts of aggravated assault with a weapon, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and one count of resisting an officer without violence stemming from last night's incident at the martial arts academy of Pablo Popvitch, his wife's trainer, who she apparently is having a romantic relationship with which he was aware of.
Dana White has since said in interviews with several media outlets that Silva was cut and will never fight in the UFC again. Silva was scheduled to face Ovince St. Preux on 3/15 in Dallas.
More details have come out on last night's incidents.
Accoding to the police reort Silva, 31, separated from wife Thaysa, a high-level Jiu Jitsu competitor who is a long-time student of Popvitch, in December 2012. The couple was married for 13 years.
On 1/30, Thaysa Silva had called officers to the Oakland Park, FL, residence where she was living, visibly shaken and sobbing uncontrollably. She claimed the two had an argument about an affair he believed she had been having, at which point he picked up a revolver, pushed her onto the sofa, pointed it at her and threatened to kill her. She claimed when she started screaming, he put his hand on her mouth, held her down and put the gun in her mouth, but then left the residence. She then filed for a protection order with police.
On Wednesday night, she called police at 8:53 p.m. when Thiago Silva was at the residence. She told him to leave, and noted the protection order. He at first refused to leave, saying she should leave, but eventually left.
She claimed he then sent her a text message, claiming he was going to hire someone to kill her and move his new girlfriend into the place.
Last night at about 7:44 p.m., Thiago Silva allegedly showed up at the Popovitch school where about two dozen adult students were training.
The police report stated that he kept honking the horn until Thaysa Silva went outside, and she described him as "extremely intoxicated." He allegedly produced a pistol, pointed it at her and told her to bring Popovitch to him or he will start shooting people inside the gym.
Popovitch came out and Silva threatened him, at which point he locked the front door and called police. He drove off. Police went to his residence and he came out and allegedly flipped them off and went inside.
The SWAT team was called and after several hours, and with use of a taser, he was taken into custody at 11:12 p.m.