Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer has been arrested and faces charges for alleged assault of a 27-year-old woman and abuse of their 18-month-old child. The mugshot photo of the NFL star has been released along with details of the alleged circumstances which led to his arrest.
The arrest of the 25-year-old Jonathan Dwyer (booking photo above) marks the third high profile case of an NFL star embroiled domestic violence incidents, as the story of former Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice and the assault of his wife seen in elevator surveillance video from an Atlantic City casino hit the headlines and was closely followed by that of Minnesota Vikins’ player Adrian Peterson who has been arrested and charged for alleged abuse of his four-year-old son.
Now the case of Jonathan Dwyer. According to AZCentral, quoting an official police spokesman, Dwyer was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault for two alleged incidents on two separate days in late July in Phoenix at the home Dwyer shared with the alleged victim. The alleged victims are a 27-year-old woman and an 18-month-old boy. According to police she did not report the incidents and left the state with the child shortly after the incidents took place.
An investigation is now being conducted to verify allegations via medical records as well as interviews with witnesses; some of them had reported the incidents to the police. A neighbor had placed a 911 call on July 21, the first incident. When police arrived, the woman denied that anyone was in the home. During the second incident, which took place on July 22, it is alleged that Dwyer threw a shoe towards the 18-month-old child.
Jonathan Dwyer was arrested on Wednesday in Tempe, Arizona at the team’s training facility. According to KTAR, police say that he admitted that the incidents took place while denying he had assaulted his wife.
He has been charged with “one count of aggravated assault that caused a fracture, one count of aggravated assault involving a minor, two counts of criminal damage, one count of preventing the use of a phone in an emergency and assault.”
As for his status with the NFL, the Arizona Cardinals have deactivated him and issued a written statement which said, in part, “Given the serious nature of the allegations we have taken the immediate step to deactivate Jonathan from all team activities.”
Check back for updates in the developing story.