War Machine arrested!
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. — With an assist from Duane Chapman, aka Dog, one of the nation’s most wanted fugitives – a former Bellator mixed martial arts fighter – is off the streets.
Jonathan Koppenhaver, 32, whose legal name is War Machine, was arrested in Ventura County and served seven warrants that were outstanding in Las Vegas County, Nev. in relation to the near-fatal beating of his sex worker ex-girlfriend, Christy Mack.
The arrest immediately drew praise from one of Ms. Mack’s real-life friends, fellow adult film star and native Las Vegan Jenna Jameson, who was also in a violent relationship with a mixed martial artist, Tito Ortiz, in the past.
Thank god the coward “warmachine” has been caught and detained by US Marshall’s in Simi Valley! #justiceforchristy
— Jenna Jameson (@jennajameson) August 15, 2014
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department deputies said that War Machine attacked the 23-year-old Ms. Mack and her friend in her residence near the Las Vegas National golf course about 1:30 a.m. August 8. War Machine burst into the home and accused Ms. Mack of cheating on him and began assaulting the male victim.
War Machine choked and punched the male victim for nearly 10 minutes before telling him to leave and instructing the male victim not to call police, according to the jail log. War Machine told the male victim his friends would kill him if he ended up in jail.
Unbeknownst to War Machine, Ms. Mack called the cops while he was attacking the male victim. She then covertly hid the phone.
After the male victim left, War Machine then unleashed his jealous rage at a frightened Ms. Mack.
He began punching her as they went into a bathroom before he forced her to take a shower, according to the jail log.
Ms. Mack ended up on the floor, where War Machine groped her and threatened to rape her, she told police.
War Machine began searching through her social media accounts on her mobile phone and punched or kicked her when he came across a post that fueled his jealous anger, according to the jail log.
He then threatened Ms. Mack with a dull switchblade, holding it to her head before he went into the kitchen, alluding he was getting a sharper knife “to finish the job,” said the log. She used that chance to escape out a back door and alert neighbors.
Ms. Mack suffered numerous injuries from the brutal assault. (Trigger Warning) Both of her eyes were swollen shut. She suffered a “blow out fracture” of her left eye and several other broken bones in her face, two missing teeth, a lacerated liver, broken ribs and serious bruising in several places.
“I believed I was going to die,” said Ms. Mack on social media on Monday. “He has beaten me many times before but never this badly.”
She also tweeted out photos of her gruesome injuries.
War Machine posted a series of messages August 9 on Ms. Mack’s Twitter account saying he was shocked at what happened.
“I love you and hope you’re okay. I cam him (sic) early to surprise you and help you set up for your convention. I can’t believe what I found and can’t believe what happened. All I wanted was to surprise you and help and do something nice now this. I’m so heart broke in all ways. I will always love you,” said the abusive man.
Late Sunday night, War Machine took to Twitter for his last social media post before police arrested him.
“I’m not a bad guy, I went to surprise my gf, help her set up her show and to give her an engagement ring and ended up fighting for my life. The cops will never give me fair play, never believe me. Still deciding what to do but at the end of the day it’s all just heart breaking. I only wish that man hadn’t been there and that Christy & I would be happily (sic) engaged. I don’t know y I’m so cursed. (One) day truth will come out.”
It will come out: in a courtroom. And no doubt his star witness will be there to show the jury the bruises he inflicted on her.
And those photos of what happened to Ms. Mack was the reason why Bellator terminated War Machine on Wednesday, as we mentioned here on Aiken Area Progressive.
War Machine is definitely a flight risk and in order for Ms. Mack to get justice, he needs to be extradited back to Vegas and remain in the 6 by 8 Las Vegas County has reserved in his name.
In the meantime, you can help pay for Ms. Mack’s medical expenses. Her medical expenses are in the six digits, and probably north of $125,000.00. So far, her fellow sex worker industry buddies have raised $69438.00 of the $100,000.00 she needs to recover from this horrific incident. There is plenty of time, though, to donate, as the funds aren’t due until Veterans Day. Every little bit helps.
As the fund’s starter, fellow sex worker Kendall Karson, says, “There is NEVER any situation or excuse that justifies violence against a woman! Our thoughts and prayers are with you Christy as you recover. Stay strong.”