Man charged in murder of ASU football player arrested for hitting girlfriend, 2 dogs, in Mesa - East Valley Tribune: Public Safety

Man charged in murder of ASU football player arrested for hitting girlfriend, 2 dogs, in Mesa

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Posted: Monday, July 7, 2014 3:13 pm

A man facing charges for the murder of a former Arizona State University football player has been arrested again, after allegedly attacking his girlfriend and her two dogs.

According to court paperwork, Ian Alexander Macdonald was arrested by police in Mesa after an altercation at the couple's apartment.

Macdonald’s girlfriend told police that after the couple and a male friend had returned home from Skyline Park on Saturday, where they had been cited for drinking alcohol, MacDonald “went crazy”.

A male victim in the home said that Macdonald was upset about the park incident and upon arriving to their home around 2:40 a.m., got in an argument with his girlfriend and hit her and her dogs.

The female victim said her boyfriend threw one dog against a wall and also kicked another, and when she went to pick up her dogs, he hit her and gave her a bloody nose. She then said he walked around the home and picked up a handgun.

The male victim secretly called 911 and placed his cell phone in his pocket prior to seeing Macdonald pick up the gun.

The victim told officials he knew Macdonald had a temper and a weapon, and while the couple was arguing he removed a magazine from the gun.

When police arrived, the suspect told officials that a Hispanic male subject wearing blue jeans and a black t-shirt had pounded on the front door holding a gun in his hand and then fled on foot.

Police questioned both victims separately and were told that once Macdonald grabbed the gun, he stared at both victims for 30 seconds and placed the gun on the floor. The female victim then hid it in her bedroom.

Macdonald faces six charges including assault, false reporting to law enforcement and failing to comply court orders.

MacDonald was on felony release for the second degree murder charge of Tyrice Thompson, and posted bond but was prohibited from possessing weapons of consuming alcohol.

He admitted to drinking alcohol and accidentally hitting the female victim in the face, according to officials.

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