TW: Mentions of domestic violence and suicide
More details have emerged following the arrest of UFC fighter Luis Pena last week. Information obtained in reports says that Pena was arrested due to an alleged incident where he assaulted his girlfriend and destroyed her phone.
Earlier this week it was reported that Pena was charged with robbery by sudden snatching, battery and criminal mischief.
The cause for arrest dates back to June 14th, where police in Boca Raton, Florida, responded to a domestic disturbance call, per an affidavit obtained by Marc Raimondi of ESPN. The woman who made the call alleged that Pena threw and destroyed her phone after making the accusation that she was looking at other men on Instagram.
Pena then allegedly got into a physical altercation with the woman where they were “pushing and punching each other.” She told police that she suffered a laceration on her lip along with scratches and bruising to her knuckles due to the incident.
Police contacted Pena that same day after receiving an anonymous tip that he was allegedly planning to return to his girlfriend’s residence to kill her, also noting that he was suicidal and owns a gun and knife, per the affidavit. Pena refused to speak with the police on the phone, claiming he would meet with them at a different time when in the presence of a lawyer.
Police interviewed Pena’s girlfriend the day following the alleged incident, per the affidavit. She claimed that Pena threatened to kill himself recently on a video call while holding a gun. The affidavit says she claimed to have a bump on her head due to being hit by Pena on June 14th, although wouldn’t show it during the interview.
Pena is currently in the Broward County Detention Center in Florida, USA. He has been there since Friday, but will later be transported to Palm Beach County, where he will see a judge about if he will get bail posted. The process of transferring Pena is taking longer than usual due to their COVID-19 protocol.
“There’s no reason why he shouldn’t be out on bond right now,” said Daniel Martinez, the attorney of Pena, per a statement provided to ESPN.
Pena has fought eight times since joining the UFC roster in 2018. He last competed two months ago on a UFC “Fight Night” card.