In an update on the arrest of WWE and 205 Live star Rich Swann, the official arrest report regarding his arrest for false imprisonment/kidnapping and a misdemeanor charge of battery – touching or striking notes that the victim in question was Swann’s wife Vannarah Riggs, better known on the independent scene as Su Yung.
The arrest report notes that Swann and Riggs had been travelling from an event in Gainesville, Florida that Riggs had performed at and were discussing her match, but that Swann had been criticizing her performance and began getting angry with her, with Riggs feeling that the argument was going to escalate, prompting her to get out of their car at 1500 East University Avenue as Swann, who was the driver, was in traffic. Swann yelled at Riggs to return to their car, but she refused and walked away, with the arrest report noting that Swann also left the car, grabbed Riggs by the arm and around the neck, putting her in a headlock and bringing her back to the car as she screamed for help.
One witness to the incident claimed to police that Riggs was beating on the window trying to get out of the car as it pulled away and that she seemed very afraid of Swann and was trying to get away from him, while another witness claimed that after Swann exited his car, he failed to put it in park, leaving the car to lurch forward, where it struck a telephone pole on the corner of East University Avenue and Northeast 15th Street.
The arrest report notes that Riggs told authorities that she was afraid of Swann because he has a temper sometimes and that she was scared that their argument would escalate into a physical confrontation, noting that she asked Swann to pull the car over so that she could leave the vehicle, but he refused, so she waited until the car slowed to jump out and that soon after, she was grabbed by the arm and brought back to the car. The arrest report also states that after having been read his rights, Swann denied ever physically touching Riggs and forcing her to return to their car, stating that she did so on her own and that he only wanted to return home. Swann said that they were using the GPS on Riggs’ phone and he needed her to come with it, before telling authorities that they have been together for 5 years and married for 9 months.
Swann remains incarcerated in Alachua County Jail in Gainesville, Florida and will remain there until he posts bond, which will be at sometime on Monday morning when he goes before a Judge. Swann has been charged with kidnapping/false imprisonment, which in the state of Florida is a third-degree felony, punishable by up to 5 years in prison and a fine of $5,000 if convicted, as well as a charge of battery – touching or striking, which is a first-degree misdemeanor in the State of Florida, punishable by up to 1 year in jail or 12 months probation, as well as a fine of $1,000 upon conviction.
Swann has been indefinitely suspended by the WWE following his arrest, with the company releasing the following statement, “WWE has zero tolerance for matters involving domestic violence, and per our policy, Rich Swann has been indefinitely suspended following his arrest.”