Published: Mon, December 11, 2017
Culture | By Henry Herrera

WWE Superstar Rich Swann Arrested for Battery, Kidnapping

WWE Superstar Rich Swann Arrested for Battery, Kidnapping

According to an arrest report from the Gainesville, Florida police, Swann was arrested following the incident, which occurred after a Gainesville, Florida match that Yung (real name Vannarah Riggs) had been performing at. He started critiquing her performance when the two started to argue. One witness stated they saw the auto Swann was driving become erratically and stopped suddenly in the middle of traffic. The report continues Swann stopped the auto in traffic, yelled for her to return, ended up putting her in a headlock and dragged her back to the vehicle. According to the report, Swann was driving a vehicle with Riggs as the passenger, and got into an argument over a match that Riggs had had earlier that night.

World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) said in a statement Sunday that Rich Swann, 26, is suspended indefinitely following his arrest. While this was happening, witnesses say that Swann's vehicle continued rolling and crashed into a telephone pole. While she said she did not want to get back in the vehicle, Swann is said to have grabbed Riggs by her arm then around her neck, putting her in a headlock and dragging her back to the auto, pushing her back into the auto.

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At some point, according to the arrest report, she got out of the vehicle saying she was getting scared because Swann was becoming more angry at her.

The full report, released by Gainesville police, is embedded below. She said she tried to escape him because she feared the argument blowing up into a physical confrontation. Before getting married, the Orlando couple had been together for about five years, police said. Under that policy, anyone arrested for a domestic violence incident is subsequently suspended indefinitely pending the criminal investigation. The charge of false imprisonment is a felony. He was also charged with battery and is being held at the Alachua County Jail, per the report. The battery charge is a first-degree misdemeanor and could add up to a year imprisonment or 12 months probation and a $1,000 fine. Upon arrest for such misconduct, a WWE talent will be immediately suspended.

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