December 9, 2004
Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson was arrested Tuesday on accusations he jumped on the hood of a car outside of a Scottsdale nightclub late last month, causing $1,400 in damage, police said.
Tyson, 38, who moved to Scottsdale earlier this year, appeared with attorneys at the Scottsdale police station at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. He was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor criminal damage and released, said Scottsdale detective Sam Bailey. Tyson likely will make an initial court appearance in the case within 10 days, Bailey said Wednesday.
The arrest stems from an investigation into a Nov. 27 incident in front of downtown Scottsdale's Pussycat Lounge, 4426 N. Saddlebag Trail, where Tyson was seen with several other people.
As Tyson left the club at 12:45 a.m. and crossed the street, a 1999 Toyota Solara driven by Asaf Alikadic, 22, stopped to let him cross, police said.
Tyson then started screaming and yelling at the driver, jumped on the hood of the car on his hands and knees and began to pound on it, police said.
Alikadic told police that he started to get out of his car, but got back in once he saw who it was. One of Tyson's friends pulled Tyson off the hood and told Alikadic, "You're OK man, you're OK."
Alikadic, in an interview with Channel 15, said he doesn't want Tyson to go to jail. "I just want my car fixed. That's it," Alikadic said.
A valet who witnessed the incident told police that "Mr. Tyson was intoxicated, falling over and slurring."
Tyson's attorneys said they are conducting their own investigation into the
Tyson, who spent three years in an Indiana prison on a 1992 rape conviction, registered as a sex offender in Arizona in May.
The fighter was jailed in 1999 for assaulting two older motorists after a minor traffic crash in the suburban Washington, D.C., community of Gaithersburg, Md. He pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor assault charges.
Two years earlier, he was suspended from boxing for more than a year for biting the ear of world champion Evander Holyfield in a title fight.