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MMA Fighter ‘War Machine’ Captured After Weeklong Manhunt

Jonathan "War Machine" Koppenhaver raises his hand after defeating Reshad Woods at the Ultimate Warrior Challenge "Capital Punishment" at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia on April 26, 2009.
Jonathan "War Machine" Koppenhaver raises his hand after defeating Reshad Woods at the Ultimate Warrior Challenge "Capital Punishment" at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia on April 26, 2009. David S. Holloway—Getty Images

Jonathan Koppenhaver was on the run after being accused of savagely beating his ex-girlfriend

Jonathan Koppenhaver, a mixed martial-arts fighter from California known as “War Machine,” was arrested Friday after a weeklong manhunt sparked by the alleged beating of his porn star ex-girlfriend.

Koppenhaver, 32, was found in a hotel in Simi Valley, 30 miles outside downtown Los Angeles, where a hotel guest who witnessed the arrest told local media station KTLA that officers used a Taser on Koppenhaver. A second hotel guest said she called the police to the hotel after seeing a large man yelling at a petite woman who was trying to calm him down, grabbing her hair and pushing her.

Christy Mack, Koppenhaver’s ex-girlfriend and an actress in the adult entertainment industry, posted harrowing pictures on Twitter showing the injuries she said were dealt to her by Koppenhaver. They include broken bones around her eyes, a broken bone, missing teeth, a fractured rib and a ruptured liver, Mack said.

Mack said Koppenhaver returned to her home after their relationship ended in May, beat her friend who was with her at the time, then made her undress and shower in front of him before he assaulted her.

Koppenhaver posted his own defense on Twitter.

He has been charged with several counts of battery, including by strangulation, as well as assault with a deadly weapon, among other charges.

[KTLA]

 

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