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Ex-Wildcat Orlando Bradford faces new domestic violence charges

Former Arizona Wildcats running back Orlando Bradford has been arrested on four new charges of domestic violence after a woman came forward Thursday with new allegations, police say.

The woman contacted police Thursday following news reports of Bradford’s arrest on suspicion of seven felony counts of domestic violence, said Sgt. Pete Dugan, a Tucson Police Department spokesman.

"Detectives investigated all day and determined that this definitely did happen, and there was enough probable cause to obtain a warrant," he said.

Bradford, 20, was already being held at the Pima County jail in connection with the first victim's claims when police “re-booked” him on four new charges stemming from their investigation of the second woman’s claims, Dugan said.

The woman told police she was abused while in a relationship with Bradford. No details were immediately available Friday morning.

Bradford's bond was initially set at $20,000, but has been increased to $40,000 in light of the news charges, jail records show.

The victim in the first case, a fellow UA student, told police that Bradford first struck her at his home Monday night after they argued over a scratch on his car, the police report stated.

Newly released court documents show that Bradford strangled her several times, at one point telling her, "say bye to your mom."

He proceeded to drag her upstairs to his bedroom and begin punching her in the ribs, saying, "tell me the truth or this is going on all night long," according to the court documents.

She told police that she stayed the night at his house out of fear, and he took her home in the morning.

Tuesday night, Bradford picked her up from work and took her back to his apartment, the documents says.

Bradford struck the victim again Tuesday night, according to reports, after they fought over a Frosty he brought her back from Wendy's. She said she did not want to eat the Frosty because she was cold, and Bradford became angry.

Bradford’s roommate told her she should have some, since Bradford had purchased it for her. She then ate a few bites, at which point Bradford became upset that she was listening to another person instead of him, according to the police report.

The victim went outside, telling him she was leaving, but instead he pulled her into his car and slapped her on the face, causing her nose to bleed, according to the complaint.

Bradford then pulled her head into his lap and told her, "go upstairs, don't look or talk to anybody.

After they returned to his bedroom, Bradford asked the victim if she was texting "another dude," pushed her onto the bed and began choking her, saying that if she didn't tell the truth he would choke her until she blacked out, the court document said.

The woman told police that Bradford let go of her neck, locked the bedroom door and took his shirt off, before punching her in the ribs.

She told him he was sorry for lying, and the pair went to sleep, according to the court document.

In the morning, the victim called her mother, who called the police.

When they arrived, investigators noted bruises and marks on her neck, arms, ribs, stomach and head, the court document says.

Bradford was arrested Wednesday afternoon and dismissed from the team shortly after.

After Bradford was read his rights, he told investigators that he grabbed the woman by the neck once, and moved her against her will twice, saying that he caused the her injuries, according to the court documents.

No court date has been set, but Bradford will likely make an appearance before a judge by the end of the month.

Contact reporter Caitlin Schmidt at cschmidt@tucson.com or 573-4191


 


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