MMA Fighter Charged with Using Hands as Deadly Weapons
There have been a few mixed martial arts fighters making headlines in recent years for breaking the law. As the sport grows in popularity, so does the amount of media attention the athletes are forced to contend with. MMA Fighter Fernando Rodrigues was recently arrested and charged with several crimes after a road rage incident where he allegedly pistol-whipped another person in addition to punching and kicking him several times and putting him into a wrestling hold. Palm Beach Post covered the details of the confrontation after the victim spoke out to the public.
Road Rage in South Florida
Anyone with experience driving in South Florida understands how difficult it can be to navigate the roads in this area. There are careless drivers a plenty, and there are also impatient and angry ones. Pool service man Juan Uribe learned the hard way that mixed martial arts fighter Fernando Rodrigues falls into the latter category. Uribe and his boss Michael Caccavella apparently did not take off on a green light fast enough for Rodrigues Monday.
According to the Palm Beach Post, Rodrigues began driving aggressively behind the men on State Road 7 in Coral Springs after they pulled out of the light. Caccavella said that when he tried to pull into another lane, Rodrigues pointed a gun and yelled obscenities. The two pool service men pulled over to call police and as Caccavella was dialing 911, Rodrigues allegedly walked up to the window and struck him in the face with a gun, then struck Uribe with the gun as well.
Caccavella said he then drew his gun and saw Rodrigues kicking and punching Uribe. The fighter then allegedly placed Uribe in a wrestling hold. Caccavella said police arrived just as he pulled his trigger, but realized there was no bullet in the chamber.
Rodrigues, 31, has served two military tours in Iraq, and has been charged with three counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon — his hands. He has also been charged with burglary of a structure and burglary with an assault for allegedly reaching into Caccavella’s truck and striking him. He also faces two counts of aggravated assault with a firearm.
Everyone at Monday’s scene was handcuffed and questioned, but only Rodrigues was arrested.
If you have been charged with aggravated assault or battery, you are looking at a crime that involves a deadly weapon (weather that be your hands, a knife, or a firearm). These charges can escalate very quickly and you could be facing serious time in prison. The only way to mitigate this situation is to call a criminal defense lawyer immediately.