Following a weeklong manhunt, UFC and MMA veteran Jonathan “War Machine” Koppenhaver was picked up Friday afternoon by the U.S. Marshals in Simi Valley, California.
War Machine’s arraignment has been scheduled for Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at Ventura County Superior Court in Ventura, California.
Until then, he is being held without bail at Ventura County’s main jail. No visitors are allowed.
Charges against Koppenhaver stem from an incident in Las Vegas, Nevada last week in which adult film star Christy Mack, and a man believed to be former reality TV contestant Corey Thomas, were savagely beaten at Mack’s home. The assault resulted in 18 broken bones around her eyes, a broken nose, missing teeth, a fractured rib and ruptured liver, according to Mack.
Mack named Koppenhaver as her assailant.
Koppenhaver a.k.a. War Machine is a former resident of Simi Valley, California, and the Marshals’ investigation indicated he was possibly staying in Simi Valley.
Further investigation revealed he was staying at Simi Valley’s Extended Stay America Hotel located at 2498 Stearns St. Authorities said the fugitive fighter was arrested without incident.
However, witnesses told KCAL9’s Brittney Hopper they saw police with their guns out and the MMA fighter in handcuffs. They also said he was “angry and sweaty.”
According to KTLA.com:
A hotel guest who witnessed the arrest told KTLA that officers used a Taser on Koppenhaver.
“And they were like banging on the door, trying to get it open, and they’re like, ‘Open the door, open the door,” Nicolle Blankenship said. “Finally when they got it open they yelled, ‘Gun,’ and then all of a sudden you see them shoot him with a Taser. And he got shot with a Taser and he went down to the floor, and then they handcuffed him.”
Once officers were inside the room, they discovered “a small quantity of cash and some pizza,” a police news release stated.
Hotel guest Mary Casamento said she called police to the hotel after seeing a “big dude” yelling at and pushing a petite woman who was trying to calm him down. He grabbed her by the hair, Casamento said.
Following his arraignment, Koppenhaver is expected to be extradited back to Nevada to face criminal charges.
Koppenhaver a.k.a. War Machine (14-5), who had a brief stint with the UFC following his run on “The Ultimate Fighter 6? reality series, most recently fought in October 2013, when he lost to Ron Keslar in the semifinal round of Bellator’s Season 9 welterweight tournament.