Polynice arrested on suspicion of assault

LOS ANGELES -- Olden Polynice of the Detroit Pistons was arrested Monday for allegedly pointing a loaded pistol at his ex- girlfriend during an argument outside her apartment.

Sgt. Roger Ferguson said Polynice was arrested at his suburban home during the morning on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.


He was free on $20,000 bond. He is scheduled to be arraigned Oct. 18 in Van Nuys Municipal Court.

Police said Polynice was seated in the driver's seat of his car outside his ex-girlfriend's apartment at 6 a.m.

The woman, Yvette Avana, 26, who was standing outside the car, said Polynice removed a small caliber handgun from the floorboard of his car and pointed it at her.

She said Polynice told her:

'I should have shot you last time. I would have shot you in the leg. '

Polynice, 28, played his collegiate basketball at the University of Virginia and played his first season as a professional in Italy.

He was then signed by the Seattle SuperSonics and played there for three years and part of another before being traded in the midst of the 1990-91 season to the Los Angeles Clippers.


Polynice was dealt to the Pistons following the 1991-92 season.

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