An arrest warrant is “forthcoming” for the husband of UFC fighter Andrea Lee, per the Shreveport (La.) Police Department.
Donny Aaron will be facing charges of false imprisonment and domestic violence battery stemming from an incident that occurred late night Aug. 4 into the morning hours of Aug. 5, according to an incident report obtained by MMA Fighting from the Shreveport PD. MyMMANews.com was the first to publish information from the report Tuesday.
Shreveport PD spokesperson Cpl. Angie Willhite told MMA Fighting on Wednesday that an arrest warrant is “forthcoming.”
The police incident report states that officers responded to a domestic incident involving two people who have been legally married for approximately five years with one child together in the early morning hours of Aug. 5. Photographs were taken and detectives were notified, but no contact was made with the suspect. Lee sustained a minor injury in the alleged attack, per the report. The report indicates that there was a weapon used in the alleged battery.
MMA fighter Andy Nguyen, who lives with Aaron and Lee, confirmed with MMA Fighting that she gave a witness statement to police, which was originally reported and published at MyMMANews.com. In the statement, Nguyen said she was the one who called the police after multiple incidents Aug. 4 into the morning of Aug. 5.
Nguyen said she told police that during a heated argument, Aaron tried to burn Lee’s arm and body with a cigarette. Later, he attempted to choke her.
“He was trying to choke her, but she was defending herself well,” Nguyen’s statement read. “She didn’t get beat up bad. The police did take pictures of marks on her neck. Wasn’t bad this time. No black eyes or anything but he has hit her before. I just wasn’t there. He was my coach and my friend. This was the first time this was in [my] presence and I was not going to let this fly.
“The domestic violence has been going on for years. I just never saw it.”
Nguyen said Lee and Aaron had been arguing all week and Aaron would not let Lee leave home to train.
“I didn’t call the cops until it got physical and I couldn’t do nothing anymore,” she wrote.
Nguyen addressed the situation Wednesday on Twitter, posting a photo of herself with late MMA fighter Maryellen Cano, who was murdered by her boyfriend Wilbur Carl South in a 2011 murder-suicide. Nguyen wrote that she won’t “lose another friend.”
Aaron, 43, had previously made headlines in June when photos surfaced of Nazi tattoos on his arms. Aaron and Lee both apologized at the time, saying Aaron got the tattoos in prison and they don’t reflect who he is now. Aaron said, though, that he could not remove them. Nguyen wrote in the statement that he has an even bigger tattoo on his shoulder and when people offered him a free removal of all the Nazi ink, he still didn’t take it.
Aaron, an ex-cop, current MMA coach and former Muay Thai fighter, has a long rap sheet. He was found guilty in 2009 of negligent homicide with a firearm after shooting a man, Ronald Jamison, multiple times and killing him after an altercation near Aaron’s home. While he was awaiting trial for that crime in 2007, Aaron was arrested and jailed on a battery charge after allegedly attacking his ex-wife’s fiancé. In February, Aaron was arrested for possession of marijuana in a wider sting operation by the Caddo-Shreveport Narcotics Unit.
Lee, 29, has won five in a row in MMA and is one of the most promising flyweight fighters in the UFC. The Texas native won her UFC debut by unanimous decision over Veronica Macedo at UFC Chile in May. Lee is a former kickboxing and Muay Thai champion.