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Boxer Ryan Garcia Arrested for Alleged Felony Vandalism at Beverly Hills Hotel

Incident Leads to Potential Charges Amid Personal, Professional Turmoil

Boxing star Ryan Garcia was arrested on Saturday for felony vandalism following accusations from a Beverly Hills hotel that he caused an estimated $15,000 in damage, according to a Beverly Hills Police Department (BHPD).

The Waldorf Astoria Hotel decided to press charges after the BHPD took Garcia into custody at 5:45 p.m. after they received a call about an intoxicated guest. The hotel’s management has not fully disclosed the nature of the alleged vandalism other than that there was damage to the room and a hotel hallway. Garcia posted photos from late April at the Hotel with Donald Trump on his Facebook page. 

Garcia apparently had a medical issue after he was booked by the BHPD and was taken to Cedar Sinai Hospital for evaluation and treatment. His attorney, Darin Chavez, mentioned that Garcia might also face charges for public intoxication.

In a statement released later on Saturday, Chavez highlighted that the arrest came at a particularly challenging time for Garcia, who has been dealing with his mother’s health issues, as quoted by People Magazine.

“Ryan has been open about his struggles with mental health over the years, and at this time, he is dealing with an immense emotional burden,” Chavez stated. “The support and understanding from fans and the public are crucial as he navigates these personal challenges. We are working diligently to provide Ryan with the resources he needs. Our team is committed to ensuring that he receives the appropriate help and care to address both his immediate and long-term well-being. We ask for continued support and compassion as Ryan focuses on his family and his health at this time.”

A case is likely to be presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office. TMZ obtained a video allegedly showing Garcia being led out of the hotel in handcuffs while wearing a bike helmet that covered his face.

The incident at the Waldorf Astoria wasn’t Garcia’s first encounter with the hotel that week. Earlier, authorities were called for a welfare check after one of his relatives reported that Garcia needed assistance.

Hours before his arrest on Saturday, Garcia posted messages on the social media platform Twitter, accusing people of protecting “pedos.”

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