(War Machine mugshot via Simi Valley Police Department/11alive.com)
The manhunt is over. War Machine was arrested this afternoon in Simi Valley, California, on suspicion of assaulting his ex-girlfriend Christy Mack and Corey Thomas, early in the morning on August 8th. Here’s the official statement from the Simi Valley Police Department:
The United States Marshal’s Service requested assistance from the Simi Valley Police Department to effect the arrest of Jonathan “War Machine” Koppenahver on 8/15/14 at approximately 1:45 P.M.
The United States Marshal possessed an arrest warrant for Koppenhaver stemming from an incident in Las Vegas Nevada last week. Koppenhaver was a former resident of Simi Valley and the Marshals investigation indicated he was possibly staying in Simi Valley, CA.
Further investigation revealed he was staying at the Extended Stay America Hotel located at 2498 Stearns Street in Simi Valley. Simi Valley Officers along side United States Marshals pinpointed his exact room and arrested him without incident.
Inside the room was a small quantity of cash and some pizza. The United States Marshal’s Service turned Mr. Koppenhaver over to the Simi Valley Police Department for booking on his warrant from Nevada. He was transported to the Ventura County Jail.
All further inquiries should be directed to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department or the United States Marshals Service. Simi Valley Police are providing this as notification of the incident and have no further investigative role in the criminal investigation.
In the end, the fighter born Jon Koppenhaver hadn’t fled to Canada or Mexico, as was rumored — he simply jumped the Nevada/California border and holed up in a budget hotel with some pizza. We’re thankful that this story didn’t end with a suicide or a hail of gunfire, and whatever justice is served will come from a trial. It’s a good day.