War Machine is officially in custody today after U.S Marshals tracked him down to a hotel in Simi Valley, California, 30 miles outside of Los Angeles.
According to the Simi Valley Police Department, The US Marshals service, “requested assistance from the Simi Valley Police Department to effect the arrest of Jonathan “War Machine” Koppenhaver on 8/15/14 at approximately 1:45 P.M.”
War Machine is believed to have been an ex-resident of Simi Valley and was found hiding out in a hotel room at the Extended Stay America Hotel with, “a small quantity of cash and some pizza.” It’s believed that he didn’t put up a fight when he was found.
He has since been transported from the Simi Valley Police Department to the Ventura County Jail. War Machine had seven warrants out for his arrest at the time of his capture in relation to an alleged assault at a residence in Las Vegas in the early hours of Friday, 8th August which left his girlfriend, porn star Christy Mack with serious injuries including 18 broken bones, missing teeth and a ruptured liver, and another man with two black eyes and a broken nose.
The story attracted international media attention and also caught the attention of reality TV star ‘Dog The Bounty Hunter’ who was also believed to be on the trail of the fugitive at the time of his arrest.
In a separate incident today ‘Dog’ was reported to be present as police swooped on War Machine’s home in downtown San Diego, with Animal Services then being called in to take care of what are believed to be two of his pet snakes which had been left behind in the apartment.
War Machine has previously served two separate year-long jail sentences for assault, and given the serious nature of the charges he’s now facing, which include Battery with Substantial Bodily Harm, Battery by Strangulation, Battery Resulting in Substantial Bodily Harm Constituting Domestic Violence, Open or Gross Lewdness, Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Coercion, it’s likely that he’ll now be facing a lengthy prison term if found guilty.