Rich Swann, the professional WWE wrestler was arrested Saturday night in Gainesville, Florida, for allegedly falsely imprisoning and battering his newlywed wife, who is also a professional wrestler.
The wrestler has been suspended by the WWE indefinitely following his arrest, World Wrestling Entertainment, said in a statement Sunday.
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Vannarah Riggs, his wife of nine months was traveling with him. She got into a heated argument with her husband regarding her performance in a WWE match, the Gainesville Police Department stated in an arrest document.
“Swann was critiquing his wife’s performance and began getting angry with her,” police said in the document. She “got scared that the argument was going to escalate and got out of the car.”
Swann allegedly stopped his vehicle in the middle of traffic. He gave chase to his wife and yelled for her “to get back in the car,” police said in the arrest warrant. Rich tried to chase her after she tried to elude him, he followed her and when he caught up to her he “grabbed [her] by her arm and then around the neck with his arm.”
“He placed her in a headlock and dragged her back to the vehicle,” the arrest statement said. A witness allegedly observed this and saw Swann “shove her back in the car while she screamed for help,” the arrest document said.
Another witness, the complaint said, saw Swann “driving erratically” and a woman “jump out of the vehicle while it was moving and run away.” “The car was not in park and continued to roll until it hit a telephone pole,” the complaint said. Riggs told police she was afraid of Swann because he “has a temper sometimes,” the complaint said. When confronted with the physical attack on his wife, Swann denied touching and assaulting her.
An Alachua County jail representative said that Swann made an appearance before a judge and is set to be released on his own recognizance on Sunday. “WWE has zero tolerance for concerns regarding domestic violence, and per our policy, Rich Swann has been suspended indefinitely post his arrest,” WWE said in a statement.