Fugitive MMA Fighter War Machine (Jon Koppenhaver) Arrested in California on Suspicion of Ex-girlfriend, Porn Star Christy Mack

 

MMM fighter, 32 year old War Machine, was arrested Friday in Simi Valley, California, just outside of Los Angeles, by police, U.S. marshals and the the Department of Homeland Security. War Machine, whose real name is Jonathan Koppenhaver, was taken into custody Friday about 1:45 p.m. at an Extended Stay America hotel. War Machine had been on the run since  August 8th since he had been accused of  attacking Christie Mack and her male friend. The MMA fighter being held without bond on a fugitive from justice federal charge in the Ventura County Jail.

Fugitive mixed martial arts fighter War Machine was arrested Friday in California on suspicion of beating his ex-girlfriend so severely in Las Vegas that she feared for her life.

The 32-year-old fighter and former porn actor, whose birth name is Jon Koppenhaver, was captured in a hotel room in Simi Valley, a suburb northwest of Los Angeles where he once lived.

Authorities issued a warrant for Koppenhaver on Monday, the same day his ex-girlfriend, adult film actress Christy Mack, posted graphic photos of her swollen, beaten face online.

The welterweight fighter made his Ultimate Fighting Championship debut in 2007. He lost his only pay-per-view bout in 2008 and went on to fight for a variety of promotions over the past five years.

His criminal record includes a 2012 conviction for attempt to commit battery with substantial bodily harm.

The adult film industry has banded together to aid the mohawked starlet, who says she was beaten to within an inch of her life by her ex-lover—an MMA fighter named War Machine with a history of violence.

On Aug. 8, porn star Christy Mack allegedly suffered a vicious attack that left her hospitalized with 18 broken bones, a broken nose, ruptured liver, fractured rib, multiple stab wounds, and numerous missing and broken teeth.

“I believed I was going to die,” she tweeted of the incident. “He has beaten me many times before, but never this badly. He took my phone and canceled all of my plans for the following week to make sure no one could worry about my whereabouts. He told me he was going to rape me…”

ChristieMack_Before_After

Christie Mack, Before and After

NBC News:

Jonathan Koppenhaver was arrested Friday in Simi Valley after “information was developed that he was in California,” Deputy U.S. Marshal Melinda Kormos told NBC News. Koppenhaver was arrested in a hotel room “without incident” on Friday afternoon, transported to the Ventura County Jail and will be booked on charges stemming from a warrant in Nevada. Koppenhaver faces seven counts, including two counts of battery with substantial bodily harm, according to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Koppenhaver faced similar charges in 2009, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Officer Jose Hernandez told NBC News.

‘War Machine’ Wanted in Brutal Beating of Porn Star



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