[UPDATE] WWE has suspended Rich Swann amid assault and battery charges.
FULL STORY: WWE SUSPENDS RICH SWANN
In shocking news, 205 Live competitor and former WWE Cruiserweight Champion, Rich Swann, was arrested early Sunday morning and charged with kidnapping and false imprisonment. Witnesses claimed to have seen Swann in an altercation with a female— wife of nine months and wrestler Su Yung (Vannarah Riggs)— and the description of the events are such that Swann could be in a lot of trouble both legally and with the WWE.
Swann’s identity was connected to this incident after the Gainesville Police Department tweeted out Swann’s mug shot and police report due to numerous inquiries from the media.
Due to numerous national media requests…mugshot and arrest report for Rich Swann can be found here: https://t.co/PvQj5B7A7n
(Redactions made in accordance with FSS 119 that protects home address/phone of domestic violence victim.) pic.twitter.com/EgjbzTbjNq
— Gainesville Police (@GainesvillePD) December 10, 2017
According to the report, Swann was driving a vehicle that Riggs was a passenger in and the two began arguing over a match that Riggs had been a part of earlier in the night. The argument got out of control and Riggs felt as though she needed to get away from an angered Swann so she jumped out of the vehicle to which Swann stopped the automobile, pursued the victim on foot and forcefully dragged her back to the car having placed her first in a headlock.
There was at least one witness at the scene who claimed Riggs was scared and yelling for help as Swann drove away. Another witness report claims that Swann was in such a hurry to get Riggs back in the vehicle, he neglected to place the car in park and it continued rolling and crashed into a telephone pole.
The victim noted in her report that Swann has a history of anger issues and that out of fear the argument would turn physical jumped out of the car. Swann claims in his report not to have physically touched Riggs and that he only wanted her back in the vehicle to retrieve his GPS directions from her phone so he could get home.
If Swann is found guilty of kidnapping and false imprisonment, he could face up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. He could also face a charge of battery which could mean a one-year prison sentence and $1,000 fine. As of this report, speculation is Swann is still being held at the Alachua County, Florida.
WWE has yet to release an official statement on the matter.
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