Jermall Charlo Arrested & Charged in San Antonio
WBC world middleweight champion Jermall “Hit Man” Charlo (32-0, 22 KOs) has turned himself into authorities in Bexar Country, Texas on August 25 after felony warrants were issued by the San Antonio, Texas police department. According to news affiliate KSAT, Charlo was booked before 10 A.M. and released on bond thirty minutes later.
According to the news outlet, the arrest stems from an incident on July 16 involving Charlo and a large group of associates at the Privat Martini Bar & Social Club. Charlo was in the city to support his twin brother, unified IBF/WBA ‘super’/WBC junior middleweight Jermell, who was fighting the following evening. Around 2 A.M., San Antonio authorities received a call that the champ confronted a waitress after a credit card he attempted to use to pay a tab was declined multiple times.
On August 25, the SAPD released an incident report. In it, they allege that after Charlo’s card was declined, he assaulted a waitress and took her tips.
Charlo then accused the waitress of trying to steal his credit card. Then he presented to take two bill presenters from the waitress. One had his ID, and the other had cash from another customer. The waitress also claims to have suffered a lower leg injury when a member of Charlo’s team stepped on her when the champ’s entourage left the scene.
THE CHAMP’S RESPONSE
Court records reveal that the 31-year-old from Houston, Texas has been issued three second-degree warrants for alleged robbery. His attorney Kent A. Schaffer, released a statement via email on behalf of his client.
“I represent Jermall Charlo and I just saw your story regarding his case. I want to make clear that Jermall stole no money from anyone at the club and made no threats toward anyone. When they ran his card it was declined and he then received a fraud alert from Chase Bank asking if he had made the charge.”
“He responded yes and they told him to have the charge submitted again. The waitress went to run it again and came back saying she could not find the card. Jermall was upset that his card was missing since it was a debit card tied to an account with a substantial amount of money. The waitress had his license sticking out of a portfolio and he took his license back saying that he didn’t want her to lose that too.”
“By this time, many club employees were gathering in the hallway so Jermall’s handlers wanted to get him out of the club before trouble started and a club employee walked Jermall out to his car. Hours later Jermall’s assistant made contact with the club to give them another credit card number but the club refused to accept it.”
“Over the last few weeks, we have talked to the police, prosecutors, and the club owner. Although the club owner expressed his desire to drop the charges, the officer insisted on filing charges to try to embarrass Jermall. At no time did he rob anyone or take any property other than his own.”
Charlo’s last fight was a 12-round unanimous decision win over Juan Macias Montiel in his hometown of Houston. This is certainly an unsettling development and not a good look for the WBC 160 pound champion. Stay tuned to 3KingsBoxing for further updates.
By: Michael Wilson Jr.