Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer was arrested on Wednesday evening on allegations of aggravated assault. He has been deactivated from all team activities.
Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer was arrested on allegations of aggravated assault on Sept. 17.
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Dwyer's arrest is in connection with a late July incident involving "a 27-year-old woman and an 18-month-old boy," per AZ Central Sports. He has been deactivated from all team activities of the Cardinals:
"Police have arrested Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer, 25, on suspeicion of aggravated assault, according to a police spokesman.
"The Cardinals immediately deactivated Dwyer from all team activities and released a statement Wednesday saying that the team is closely monitoring the situation.
"Phoenix police spokesman Sgt. Trent Crump said team officials have been cooperating with investigators since learning of the allegations.
"'They have been on the phone with us most of the afternoon,' he said.
"Police said Dwyer was arrested Wednesday at the team's training facility in Tempe on allegations stemming from an incident that occurred in late July at a southeast Phoenix home and inolved a 27-year-old woman and an 18-month-old boy.
"Police said the woman left the state with the child shortly after the incident.
"The allegations are based on two incidents that occurred on two days in late July but which the victim did not report until Sept. 11, said Sgt. Trent Crump, a Phoenix police spokesman.
"Investigators have spent the time since collecting medical records to verify some of the allegations and interviewing witnesses, some of whom originally reported the incidents to police as the arguments between the couple became heated at their Phoenix home.
"Police originally responded to the southeast Phoenix home Dwyer shared with the woman on July 21 after neighbors called to report a disturbance, Crump said.
"Dwyer has admitted his involvement in the incidents but denied the allegations of any physical abuse, Crump said.
"The woman, who police identified as a 27-year-old mother of a child she shares with Dwyer, answered the door and convinced officers that the argument was verbal and that Dwyer was not at the home, Crump said.
"'They were convinced that the fight was verbal (and) that was called in by a third party,' Crump said. 'She convinced them of that while he was hiding in the home.'
"Investigators now believe Dwyer was hiding in the bathroom of the house until police left, Crump said.
"Dwyer and the woman got into another argument a day later, on July 22, and police believe he took the woman's cell phone and threw it from the second floor of their home, Crump said.
"Police belive that Dwyer, during the second altercation, also took a shoe and threw it toward the 18-month-old child he shares with the woman.
"Investigators said Dwyer threatened to harm himself on the night the incident occurred in an attempt to keep the woman from contacting police, Crump said."
Darren Urban of the Cardinals official website wrote a blog on Dwyer's deactivation from team activities:
"Caridinals running back Jonathan Dwyer was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of aggravated assault for an incident that took place in July and the Cardinals have deactivated him from all team activities.
"The full statement from the team:
"'We became aware of these allegations this afternoon when notified by Phoenix police and are cooperating fully.
"'Given the serious nature of the allegations we have taken the immediate step to deactivate Jonathan from all team activities.
"'We will continue to closely monitor this as it develops and evaluate additional information as it becomes available.'
"Given the climate in the NFL right now, the arrest -- stemming from an incident with Dwyer, a woman and an 18-month child -- didn't take long to make national news. Dwyer was in the locker room to practice, so the arrest happened after that. According to AZCentral.com, police took an incident report last week and have been gathering information. Police said Dwyer was accused of aggravated assault 'over a fracture' as well as an allegation of assault involving a minor and preventing the use of a phone during an emergency."
The 25-year-old Dwyer is in his fifth NFL season. He has rushed for 1,022 yards and three touchdowns on 246 carries in 38 career regular-season games with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals, per ESPN stats.
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