Monson Arrested for Domestic Violence

By Loretta Hunt Jan 21, 2009
Former UFC heavyweight contender and professed anarchist Jeff Monson remains incarcerated at the Davies County Detention Center on Wednesday, after he was arrested Monday night on domestic violence and property damage charges in Advance, N.C.

Authorities were called to the residence of Stephanie Trapani, 30, and detained Monson for “assault to a female” and “damage to property” following an alleged domestic dispute, said Capt. Hartman of Davies County Sheriff’s Office. Trapani and Monson had a “dating relationship,” said Hartman.

Trapani was also arrested for damage to Monson’s property. The Olympian reported Monday that Trapani had discarded Monson’s cell phone after finding out he was involved in romantic relationships with other women.

On the fighter’s voicemail message, a female’s voice notified callers that Monson had “lost” his cell phone and to leave detailed contact information.

Capt. Hartman said Trapani posted bail on Monday and has obtained a 50B contact order, denying the fighter “any contact whatsoever” with Trapani.

“He destroyed my house," Trapani told The Olympian on Monday. "He started just bashing holes in the walls and the columns."

Trapani said Monson also grabbed her during the argument.

Monson’s bail has been set at $22,000, though Davies County Sheriff’s Office said a magistrate or judge could decide to hold the fighter further for extradition after they were contacted by Washington officials on a separate charge.

A warrant for Monson’s arrest remains active in Washington, where the fighter has been charged with first-degree malicious mischief for spray-painting the peace sign, the anarchy symbol, and the phrases “No war” and “No poverty” on the state’s capital building on Nov. 26.

ESPN The Magazine documented Monson’s protest while trailing the politically minded fighter for a feature that ran in its Dec. 29 issue. Monson was documented defacing the monument in one of the article’s accompanying photographs, which led Washington officials to the suspect. The act carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

Monson (27-8) told last Thursday that he hadn’t regretted his protest and that he’d intended to turn himself in to authorities before his separate arrest Monday. The decorated world grappling champion said he didn’t believe his pending arrest for vandalism would taint his career and that he’d planned to fight next for World Victory Road’s “Sengoku” promotion this March in Japan.
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