Mixed Martial Arts Fighter Charged In Domestic Assault

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A 30-year-old mixed martial arts fighter faces several charges after police say he violently attacked his wife Wednesday.

Brett Charles Rogers, of Apple Valley, has been charged with third-degree assault, domestic assault by strangulation, stalking and endangerment of a child.

Police were dispatched to a residence in Apple Valley after receiving reports of yelling, a woman screaming and glass being broken. Upon arrival, they located Rogers, who said he was arguing with his wife and that when she hit him during the argument, he hit her back.

Police say Rogers didn’t have any visible injuries on his body, his speech was slurred and he smelled of alcohol.

Rogers allegedly told police he had been drinking that evening.

Rogers’ 9-year-old daughter told police she heard her parents yelling, went to the kitchen and saw her father pushing her mother. Rogers’ 10-year-old girl also reported to police that she heard the shouting and has seen her father hit her mother in the past.

The woman was located walking by a nearby school and was transported to the hospital. She told police she and her husband were arguing, he became angry and began choking her. She said she was able to get away and went into the backyard, but he followed her and began hitting her in the head and face causing her to “black out.”

She said she did not want to press charges because she didn’t want to get him into trouble with his job. After being released from the hospital, the woman refused to meet with officers and told them that the assault was her fault.

Rogers made his first court appearance on Thursday. Bail was set in the amount of $100,000 with conditions. His next court appearance is July 1.


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