Content Warning: This story contains graphic representations of domestic violence.
More details have emerged in the arrest of UFC fighter Jon Jones, and they paint a disturbing picture. Jones was arrested in Las Vegas on Friday and has been charged with domestic violence with a battery and with personal injury and tampering with a vehicle.
The Las Vegas Police Department released the police report of Jones’ arrest on Tuesday. Jones is accused of grabbing a woman’s hair, head butting a police car and telling police he wants to take them all.
Jones, who was in Las Vegas to attend a UFC Hall of Fame event, was reportedly out with friends around 11:30 p.m. The woman stayed in the room and fell asleep. Jones reportedly returned to the room later and got angry with the woman. She told officers Jones grabbed her hair and the back of her head because she was trying to leave the room.
Police were called after the woman went to the security office to ask for a key to her room. A guard noticed blood on the woman. She reportedly started to cry and said she was afraid to go back into the room. One of the woman’s children allegedly asked the guard to call the police.
Officers observed blood around the woman’s lip, chin and shirt. The woman said she was not aware of what had happened, but said things had become “a little, yeah” physical. Officers said the woman “seemed afraid to even talk about” Jones. The report said the woman “seemed very scared” about when Jones would be released from prison.
The woman reportedly did not want to be registered or complete a statement regarding the incident. She did not file a restraining order against Jones.
Police arrest Jon Jones for domestic violence
Police encountered Jones outside the hotel. He identified himself and then resisted arrest. While in custody, Jones allegedly butted a police car, leaving a gash and paint chips. Police said Jones’ mood changed dramatically during the arrest. He burst into tears and alternated between calm and anger as he spoke with the officers.
When briefed on the charges, Jones reportedly joked about the arrest and told police “he would like to face us all and see what we can do”. He also said he could escape the handcuffs. Jones reportedly apologized after officers threatened to taser him.
Jones denied touching the woman and said he had trouble remembering parts of the evening, according to ESPN. Jones also threatened to sue the police department for arresting him “on the biggest night of his life,” according to the report.
Jones was released on bail after a 12-hour detention. He is due to return to court on October 26.