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Derrick Lewis’ alleged car thief charged with criminal mischief

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Quinton Wright, 36, has been charged with criminal mischief after he allegedly tried to break into UFC heavyweight Derrick Lewis’ car on Tuesday in Houston.

Lewis told police he was returning to his car after a workout and encountered a man trying to break into the driver’s side with a screwdriver, per a narrative attached to the police report in his case. He then punched the man and threw him to the ground. The man was then taken to a hospital for treatment and was in the process of being booked into jail, a spokesperson for the Houston Police Department told MMA Fighting.

After Wright was charged, police released his name and booking photo, said Kese Smith, a public information officer with HPD. Wright was charged with criminal mischief “because our winner did not get into the vehicle,” spokesperson Jodi Silva said on Tuesday. Criminal mischief can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the value of the property damaged, and can carry fines and jail time; the HPD didn’t specify the level of offense, and online jail records did not show any charges.

Lewis filmed the man identified as Wright being loaded into a police car after the alleged incident. He also took a photo of his fist with the caption “Satisfaction” and “He’s OK,” a nod to his favorite tag on social media posts.

Lewis, a Louisiana native who resides in Houston, is next expected to challenge current heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou in a rematch of a bout he won via decision in July 2018. He’s won his past four fights, most recently knocking out Curtis Blaydes in February.