Allegations Against Stephens Show He Beat A Man To Critical Condition

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Gogoplatapus
10/12/12 7:28:51PM
DesMoinesRegister.com

Des Moines police emphatically denied allegations by the agent of a mixed martial arts fighter arrested on felony assault charges last week that authorities deliberately arrested him before a nationally televised fight.

Jeremy Dean Stephens, 26, a Des Moines native, was arrested in Minnesota last week on a Des Moines warrant for willful injury and assault causing bodily injury. Authorities arrested Stephens, who is a veteran lightweight for the Ultimate Fighting Championship, hours before a nationally televised fight, causing him to miss his bout despite the best efforts of fight promoters to see him released.

While his agent accused authorities of acting in bad faith and deliberately waiting until just before the fight to arrest Stephens, police officials insisted the fight was their only chance to serve a warrant on the San Diego man.

“It wasn’t personal. We gave him several opportunities to turn himself in. He’s had a year to take care of it,” said Des Moines Police Sgt. Joe Leo. “

The crime Stephens was arrested for reportedly occurred almost a year ago, on Oct. 15, 2011.

According to police reports, the victim and his wife were at Fat Tony’s, 1500 SE 1st St., with Stephens and Dustin James Bachman, 27.

The victim had reportedly been asked to leave the bar and was still in the parking lot when Stephens and Bachman emerged soon after.

According to the victim’s wife, Stephens punched the victim in the left eye. The victim leaned against the building and Bachman punched him on the head and face several times, police said.

The victim’s wife helped him get into their car and was trying to lock the doors when Bachman reportedly pulled the victim out of the vehicle by his feet. Stephens and Bachman then allegedly punched and kicked the victim on his head and body for about a minute, authorities said.

The suspects fled. The victim was unconscious and stopped breathing twice, police reports show. He was intubated and taken to the hospital in critical condition.
bootyclause
10/12/12 7:49:32PM
well, this is the internet so we can speculate as much as we want.....so having said that.........

One of Stephens fights in recent years, maybe his fight with Guillard (not sure), he was covered in back acne and seemed to be seething with rage before the fight. Mark Coleman style. Might have been another fight, cant remember.

So basically, all this behavior is consistent with steroid use. Just throwing it out there.
shaneTpain
10/12/12 7:53:27PM
Stephens is a douchey person?
thevoodooninja
10/12/12 8:20:30PM
I agree with Tpain and I think because he's a pro fighter, he'll probably have the book thrown at him.
Chael_Sonnen
10/12/12 8:31:10PM
What a 'Heathen'

Ehh, the dude that got beat-down probably had it coming....walk away tough guy(s).
prozacnation1978
10/12/12 10:35:32PM
If its true I don't feel bad for him
FastKnockout
10/12/12 11:14:17PM
The guy may have deserved it but check this.

"The victim was unconscious and stopped breathing twice"

Stopped breathing twice? TWICE? Deserving or not, it's bullshit for TWO guys to beat someone this severly. Let alone one being in the UFC.
tcunningham
10/12/12 11:45:52PM
i cant say too much since we dont know the whole story, but there had better have been a good reason for stephens to beat him down. as a pro fighter, he needs to keep in mind that that shit will be held against him in court.
Chael_Sonnen
10/12/12 11:58:04PM

Posted by FastKnockout

The guy may have deserved it but check this.

"The victim was unconscious and stopped breathing twice"

Stopped breathing twice? TWICE? Deserving or not, it's bullshit for TWO guys to beat someone this severly. Let alone one being in the UFC.



Yeah, 2 on 1 is COWARDLY......rage + alcohol in a bar setting = disaster.

bjj1605
10/13/12 12:49:15AM
Two guys ganging up on one guy and pulling him out of the car when he's trying to flee is inexcusable....

Edit: I edited my first comment because I don't think it applies to this situation. Battery laws are too strict though.
kingsmasher
10/13/12 2:42:26AM
I wonder when a MMA fighter is gonna get charged with assault with a deadly weapon..for just using their hands..I mean a prosecutor could say well dont you train your body as a weapon...

It will happen in time...
Dberntson
10/13/12 10:31:21AM
Well if the UFC would allow him to bring his friend into the Octagon maybe he'd start winning fights again. He hasn't won a fight in over a year. Probably won't be in the UFC that much longer.
JoeWarren33
10/13/12 11:47:31AM
If this is true, he deserves whats coming to him!! Hes a fighter, he gets to fight for a living!! To act like this outside of work, is messed up.
Then to beat someone up, he should of just walked away, even if buddy was in the wrong. then to go after the guy in his car (victim) and beat him some more, to the point the guy stopped breathing.......thats just wrong!!
I think Jeremy needs to be taught a strong lesson, and hope others dont behave this way outside of work, and tarnish other mma fighters, and the sport with this piss poor behavior.
bjj1605
10/13/12 3:43:47PM

Posted by kingsmasher

I wonder when a MMA fighter is gonna get charged with assault with a deadly weapon..for just using their hands..I mean a prosecutor could say well dont you train your body as a weapon...

It will happen in time...



Blackbelt Magazine had an article about this a while ago written by a lawyer/martial artist.

They said the "assault with a deadly weapon" charge for martial artists is actually a myth. It originated in a martial arts movie (Bruce Lee I think.)

"Deadly weapon" has a specific legal meaning that can't be applied to bare hands.

They did say though that courts absolutely consider your martial arts background (especially if you're a pro) when they take your case. It can affect how hard they sentence you.

I think this is appropriate. Martial artists should be able to control themselves. This is one reason I love Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. You can subdue a guy and defend yourself with out hurting him. Muay Thai might teach you how beat someone bloody with 8 different strikes, but I'd rather just put a guy to sleep with an RNC or hold him down until the authorities can arrive.
Cooler
10/13/12 4:51:34PM
Hard not to fighter bash here, but he is just as big of a d-bag as Rob Emerson, gangbeating people for fun.