WWE Cruiserweight Standout Rich Swann was arrested early Sunday morning in Gainesville, FL. Swann is being charged with Kidnapping and False Imprisonment, a third-degree felony in Florida that is punishable with up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine if convicted. Swann is also being charged with Battery, a first degree misdemeanor that is punishable with up to one year in jail or 12 months probation and a $1,000 fine if convicted.
Swann was scheduled to face Drew Gulak in a #1 contender match for the Cruiserweight title on this Monday’s RAW.
Here is all the information that has been released by the Gainesville Police Department:
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
The Gainesville, FL PD released a police report. The alleged victim in this case was Swann’s wife and fellow wrestler Su Yung. You can check out the full report below and here is the prosecutive summary:
(Note: Vic is Victim and Def is Defendant)
On the above date and time at the above location the Vic and Def were engaged in an argument. Both the Vic and Def are professional wrestlers and the Vic had just put on a show at 8 seconds in downtown Gainesville. The Def was critiquing the Vic’s performance and began getting angry with her. The Vic got scared that the argument was going to escalate and got out of the car in the area of 2400 SE Hawthorne Rd. The Def stopped his vehicle in the middle of traffic and the Vic jumped out. The Def gave chase and yelled for the Vic to get back in the car. The Vic told the Def she did not want to get back in the car as she continued to walk away. The Def then grabbed the Vic by her arm and then around her neck with his arm. He placed her in a headlock and dragged her back to their vehicle. The Vic screamed for help as the Def pushed her in the car.
Wit 1 observed this happen and called LEA. Wit 1 said that she saw the Def chase after the Vic and put her in a headlock and shove her back in the car while she screamed for help. Wit 1 said that the Vic was beating on the window screaming for help as they drove away again. Wit 1 said that the Vic seemed very afraid of the Def and was trying to get away from him.
Wit.2 observed the vehicle driven by the Def driving erratically in the area of 1500 E University Ave. Wit 2 saw the Vic jump out of the vehicle while it was moving and run away. Wit 2 saw the Def get out of the car while it was still moving and chase after the Vic. The car was not in park and continued to roll until it hit a telephone pole on the corner of NE 15th St and E University Ave.
The Vic stated that she was afraid of the Def because he has a temper sometimes. She said she was trying to get away from him because she was scared that their argument would escalate into physical violence. The Vic said that the Def grabbed her by the arm and pulled her back into the car even though she did not want to go with him. The Vic said she told the Def to pull over so she could get out but he refused to do so and she ended up jumping out while the vehicle was still (slowly) moving.
Post Miranda the Def stated that he did not grab the Vic and put her in the car. The Def stated that she got in the car on her own and he never physically touched her. The Def said he was just trying to get home and she had the phone with the GPS on it so he needed her to come with him.
The Vic and Def have been in a relationship for approx 5 years and have been married for 9 months.
Deebow’s Take: I have been a huge fan of Rich Swann for many years now, so to see this happen, it breaks my heart. I hope it’s not true, but it’s not looking to good for the former Cruiserweight Champion. If he is convicted, as per the WWE’s domestic violence policy, he will be terminated no matter what sentence is given to him. If convicted, his career will pretty much be over, as it should be. Domestic violence should not be tolerated by anyone. There is no reason for anyone to beat or manhandle their spouse, whether the abuser is man or woman. Hopefully, he can take the steps to better himself and get his anger under control.