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UFC fighter Thiago Silva arrested after standoff with SWAT team

Silva was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and resisting arrest without violence.
By Evan Bleier Follow @itishowitis Contact the Author   |   Feb. 7, 2014 at 8:45 AM

OAKLAND PARK, Fla., Feb. 7 (UPI) -- After a standoff with a Florida SWAT team on Thursday night, UFC fighter Thiago Silva was arrested at his Oakland Park home.

The veteran fighter was hit with four charges, including aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and resisting arrest without violence.

Authorities were called to the home after Silva allegedly threatened people inside the Pablo Popovitch Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Center while he was armed. They arrived to find Silva, 31, locked inside his house and the SWAT team was called in.

Silva has been suspended from UFC twice since 2011 for failing drug tests.

Suzi Forum, 22, was on the scene Thursday night.

"Based on what I heard, a gentleman was at the Brazilian jiu-jitsu place right around the corner and caused a scene there, barricaded himself into these condos back here and this started about 8 p.m.," she told the Sun Sentinel.

"It's creepy, creepy. It hits close to home," said neighbor Debbie Wallace. "To be honest with you, I just watched my 4-year-old grandson doing jiu-jitsu in Plantation today. Now I want to take him out of it."


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[Sun Sentinel]

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