UFC lightweight Jeremy Stephens has been extradited to Iowa to face assault charges stemming from 2011. Des Moines Police also spoke out on 2011 incident and Stephens arrest last Friday prior to UFC on FX 5. A local news site, the Des Moines Register, reported the details earlier today.
Stephens stands accused of two charges stemming from the 2011 incident, including willful injury and assault causing bodily injury or mental illness, according to state records. The incident apparently took place October 15, 2011 outside of a bar called Fat Tony’s. Stephens was there with three other people, including the victim and his wife, when the victim was asked to leave the bar. The situation escalated from there according to police, who told reporters:
According to the victim’s wife, Stephens punched the victim in the left eye. The victim leaned against the building and [Dustin] Bachman punched him on the head and face several times, police said.
The victim’s wife helped him get into their car and was trying to lock the doors when Bachman reportedly pulled the victim out of the vehicle by his feet. Stephens and Bachman then allegedly punched and kicked the victim on his head and body for about a minute, authorities said.
The suspects fled. The victim was unconscious and stopped breathing twice, police reports show. He was intubated and taken to the hospital in critical condition.
Officers checked every address listed for both men and tried to get their whereabouts from friends and family. Bachman was arrested later that day, then released from jail.
The report largely matches with the rumors that had been circling the internet since the arrest occurred last Friday in Minnesota. The Des Moines PD were quick to say that there was nothing personal about the treatment – like UFC President Dana White and Stephens’ management have maintained – but that they were just carrying out the law. They were also quick to deny that they delayed the arrest intentionally as well, as Des Moines Police Department Sgt. Joe Leo pointed out:
“That’s absolutely not true,” Sgt. Leo said. “It’s the only opportunity we knew about where we could make the arrest.”
The warrants issued for Stephens only pertained to states surrounding Iowa, and since Stephens now lives in California the Iowa police would have been unable to do anything without Federal involvement. The Iowa police notified Minnesotan authorities once they knew Stephens was in the state but it was up to the Minnesota police on when to detain Stephens for the charges.
“It wasn’t personal. We gave him several opportunities to turn himself in. He’s had a year to take care of it,” stated Sgt. Leo.
Stephens remains in Polk County Jail on $100,000 bail. While the other assailant is currently not in custody, his case is still pending.