Wanted heavyweight MMA fighter arrested in New Mexico

January 18, 2020 GMT

BOSQUE FARMS, N.M. (AP) — Authorities in New Mexico have arrested a mixed-martial arts fighter wanted on a fraud charge who has evaded police for months.

Police in Bosque Farms, New Mexico, detained Tyler East on Thursday after receiving a tip about his whereabouts.

A bench warrant was issued for the 28-year-old in November after he failed to appear in a criminal case where prosecutors accuse him of defrauding another man of $3,000.

In December, police in Los Lunas, New Mexico, said East slapped an officer’s hand after the officer spotted him during a traffic stop.

He is facing charges of fraud, battery of a peace officer and evading arrest. It was not known if he had an attorney.

Known as Tyler “the Beast” East, the heavyweight fighter has a 15-6 record.