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Rich Swann facing jail time if convicted, WWE future in doubt (updated)

As noted earlier, Rich Swann was arrested on early Sunday for false imprisonment/kidnapping and a misdemeanor charge of touching or striking. The victim of the alleged incident is Vannarah Riggs, also known a independent wrestler Su Yung.

The arrest report states that they were traveling from a show in Gainesville, Florida, where Yung had just wrestled. Swann, who was criticizing her performance, then got angry with her. Yung, who felt that an argument was “going to escalate” got out of the car. Swann yelled at her to get back in the car but she walked away.

This is when, according to the report, that Swann grabbed her arm and then around the neck and pulled her into the car with a headlock as she screamed for help. A witness stated that Yung was beating on the window as the car was moving and that Yung “seemed very afraid of the Defendant and was trying to get away from him.” A second witness said that when Swann left his car, he didn’t put it in park and that caused the car to go forward into a telephone pole.

About a mile later, on 2400 SE Hawthorne Street in Gainesville) Swann was stopped and arrested. Yung told the police that she was afraid of him because he “has a temper sometimes” and she was scared that a physical confrontation would happen.

Swann has denied her story and said that she got in the car on her own and he only wanted her to get back in the car because they were using the GPS on Yung’s phone so he “needed her to come with it.”

Swann, who is still incarcerated as of this writing, told the authorities that he and Yung have been together for five years and married for nine months. He was supposed to face Drew Gulak on Monday Night Raw and the winner would have faced Enzo Amore for the Cruiserweight Championship on next week’s show. Obviously, plans for the match with Gulak will have to be scrapped.

Swann is facing third-degree felony charges, which are punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine if convicted. He has also been charged with Battery – touching or striking, which is a first-degree misdemeanor in the State of Florida and comes with penalties of up to one year in jail or 12 months probation and $1,000 fine.

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