Cain Velasquezwho was twice the heavyweight champion in the UFCwas charged Wednesday with attempted murder and multiple counts of assault with a firearm.
Authorities say the expeller opened fire on a van carrying a man accused of sexually abusing a 4-year-old relative.
Velasquez was arrested Monday after chasing the vehicle he was in Harry Goulartethrough the busy streets of three cities of the Silicon Valley. with his truck, Velasquez would have rammed the Goularte during a high-speed chase over an 18-kilometer (11-mile) stretch, prosecutors said.
Using a .40 caliber pistol, Velasquez fired several times at the vehicle, injuring the hand of the stepfather of Goulartewho was behind the wheel, authorities added.
The 39-year-old former athlete appeared in court on Wednesday. However, the session to formally notify him of the charges was postponed to Monday. He remains being held without bail in jail. Saint Clare.
Last week, officers went to a day care center owned by the mother of Goularte on St. Marinto address a complaint about an alleged sexual assault against a child reported Wednesday the county police office Saint Clarethrough a statement.
After questioning the minor and others, investigators determined that the assault had occurred. gularte43, was arrested shortly after, according to the police office.
Prosecutors say that on Monday, Velasquez went to the Goularte family home, where the daycare is located, and followed the truck from the town of Morgan Hill to San Jose, where he injured the subject’s stepfather. Goularte’s mother was also in the vehicle.
Later Monday, police officers from morgan hill they located Velasquez when he was driving his truck Saint Joseph and arrested him, he said in a statement jeff rosencounty district attorney Saint Clare.
“The tragedy is that Mr. Velasquez he tried to take justice into his own hand, endangering the public and everyone in the van,” he said. Rosen. “This act of violence also causes more pain and suffering to his family.”
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