Police: Boxer Adrien Broner found driving shot-up SUV, arrested on open warrant

Published: Apr. 20, 2017 at 12:51 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 21, 2017 at 7:25 AM EDT
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Adrien Broner in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court in 2016 (FOX19 NOW/file)
Adrien Broner in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court in 2016 (FOX19 NOW/file)

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Professional boxer Adrien Broner was found in a vehicle riddled with bullets and arrested on an open warrant this week, according to Cincinnati police.

The onetime four-division champion, who lives in Cincinnati, was booked into the Kenton County Detention Center at 1:18 a.m. Thursday and released at 5:10 a.m. after posting $503 bond, jail records show.

Broner, 28, is scheduled to appear in court April 27.

The warrant for Broner arrest was issued after he failed to appear in court on a 2014 case, according to Kenton County court officials and Covington Assistant Police Chief Brian Steffen.

Broner was charged in December 2014 with alcohol intoxication in a public place and disorderly conduct, court records show.

Covington police took him into custody again early Thursday after stopping a white Chevrolet Suburban crossing into Kentucky, Steffen said.

Broner was driving the rented Suburban, which had been shot about eight times, according to police.

Cincinnati police responded to several reports just before midnight Wednesday of shots fired from residents in the area of West McMillan Street and West McMicken Avenue.

Linda Bailey lives in the area and said she was getting ready for bed when she heard the gun shots.

"At the time there was a car speeding up the hill shooting and it sounded like six shots," she said.

Broner told police an unknown suspect followed him from the G'Moni's sports bar on Queen City Avenue.

As they approached West McMillan Street, the suspect fired several rounds, striking his vehicle about eight times, according to Broner's account to police.

Broner was not hurt.

In addition to arresting Broner, Covington police held the SUV for investigation.

Cincinnati police said they located a crime scene in the area of the original shots fired call. Ten 9mm shell casings were found.

They are investigating the incident assault, according to Lt. Steve Saunders, police spokesman.

Broner is not being cooperative, Saunders said.

This is the latest encounter with police for Broner, who did not respond to requests for comment.

Broner was most recently arrested in January 2016 over an alleged confrontation in the Madison Bowl parking lot.

He was in and out of court last year on felonious assault and aggravated robbery charges related to a gambling dispute. The charges were eventually dismissed when the victim failed to appear in court twice.

"They were dismissed for what's called 'Want for Prosecution'," said FOX19 NOW's Legal Analyst Mike Allen.

Broner has been arrested several other times over the past decade, court records show, but Allen said the cases were dropped due to lack of evidence.

"I think an individual such as this one, after so many charges have been brought and so many have been dismissed I think it would be accurate to say the they feel empowered," Allen said.

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