Jermall Charlo surrenders to authorities on felony arrest warrants, but lawyer blames arrogant police
World champion boxer Jermall Charlo surrendered to authorities on Wednesday after the court issued felony arrest warrants against him. But the middleweight “Hitman” may have been the victim of arrogant police, according to attorney Kent A. Schaffer.
Detectives allege Charlo was unable to pay his bill at the Privat Martini Bar & Social Club in San Antonio, Texas, and after his credit card was declined, the 31-year-old boxer stole money from the check from another table, then rushed out the door, assaulting a waiter in the process.
Schaffer vigorously defended his client in an email to KSAT.com.
“When they used his card it was declined and he then received a fraud alert from Chase Bank asking if he had made the debit. He answered “yes” and they told him to resubmit the charge. The waitress went to raise her and came back saying she couldn’t find the card. Jermall was upset that his card was missing, as it was a debit card linked to an account with a substantial amount of money.
“The waitress had her license sticking out of a wallet and he took back her license saying he didn’t want her to lose it too. At this point, many club employees were gathering in the hallway, so Jermall’s managers wanted to get him out of the club before trouble started and a club employee took Jermall to his car. Hours later, Jermall’s assistant contacted the club to give them another credit card number, but the club refused to accept it.
“Over the past few weeks we have spoken to the police, prosecutors and the club owner and although the club owner has expressed his desire to drop the charges, the officer insisted on filing a complaint in an attempt to embarrass Jermall. At no time did he steal anyone or take anything other than his own. “
Charlo, recently honored by the City of Houston, was booked into a satellite office at the Bexar County Courthouse and promptly released on bail. “Hitman” may have to reappear in court later this year, but that doesn’t sound like the airtight deal suggested by the warrants.
As for his boxing career, Charlo improved to 32-0 with 22 KOs by dismantling Mexican murderer Juan Macias Montiel last June in “The Lone Star State”, retaining his WBC middleweight title in the process.