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FSM Breaking News: Riquna Williams Arrested

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Las Vegas Aces Guard Riquna Williams was arrested Wednesday morning in connection to a domestic violence investigation

Riquna Williams hadn’t appeared in a game all season long

According to a release from the Metropolitan Police Department, Las Vegas Aces guard Riquna Williams was arrested regarding a domestic violence investigation. According to police, Williams was arrested on the 12600 block of Southern Highlands Parkway.

The Aces released a statement indicating that Williams will not participate in team events.

As an organization, we condemn domestic violence of any kind,” the statement said. “At this time, Riquna Williams will be precluded from participating in team activities. Our thoughts are with the parties involved in this situation. We are currently gathering more information, and as such we will not have any further comments at this time.”

We have been advised of the situation involving one of our members in Las Vegas,” WNBA Players Association Executive Director Terri Carmichael Jackson said in a statement. “We are monitoring the situation and have no further comment at this time.”

The alleged victim, Williams’ wife, whose name is redacted from the arrest report, told police that she was packing to leave Las Vegas early on Tuesday when Williams grabbed her suitcase and threw all her clothing on the ground. 

Police report that Williams had been under the influence of alcohol during the altercation. The report stated that Williams took her wife’s cell phone, credit cards, and ID card “so she could not leave her.” 

Riquna Williams had been dealing with a lower back injury

Williams’ wife told police that Williams attacked her over the course of about an hour, and at one point she put her in a rear chokehold.

Riquna Williams was not held on monetary bail

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The report goes on to say later that morning, Williams attacked her again, punching her, kicking her in the ribs, and stomping her foot on the front of her head.

However, when questioned, Williams claimed that “she was the victim and was beaten up” during the altercation with her wife.

This isn’t exactly an out-of-the-blue incident. In 2019, the WNBA suspended Williams for ten games when she played for the Los Angeles Sparks after being arrested in an alleged domestic violence incident. 

The Associated Press reported that Williams was accused of breaking into a Florida home, attacking her ex-girlfriend, and pointing a gun at a man before speeding off. 

However, court records show that Palm Beach County, Florida prosecutors dropped the burglary and assault with a firearm charges against Williams in 2020.

Three years later, court records show that Williams is now facing felony charges of assault constituting domestic violence with a deadly weapon, coercion constituting domestic violence, three counts of domestic battery by strangulation, and four misdemeanor counts of domestic battery.

Williams was ordered released from custody after being arrested and accused of domestic violence against her wife.

The court does have concerns regarding the extremely violent nature of the allegations in this case, that they were alleged to have occurred over an extended period of time,” Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Rebecca Saxe said during Williams’ initial court appearance.

Williams didn’t speak during the court hearing. She appeared wearing a gray Las Vegas Raiders T-shirt.

Riquna Williams is held from doing Aces-related activities

Chief Deputy District Attorney Glen O’Brien also said that Williams was accused of “multiple violent allegations against her spouse.”

Riquna Williams’ wife accuses Williams of assault

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Saxe ordered Williams released on her own recognizance and placed on alcohol monitoring after noting there were “concerns of alcohol use” noted in Williams’ arrest report. The judge did not order Williams to pay a monetary bail due to her lack of criminal history and ties to the community.

There is also a no-contact order in place with the alleged victim. However, a defense attorney said he believed that the person was in the process of relocating or had already relocated to Florida.

Williams hasn’t played at all this season for the Aces after being ruled out with a lower back injury. This year would’ve been her 11th WNBA season after initially being chosen in the second round of the 2012 WNBA draft by the Tulsa Shock.

Williams joined the Aces ahead of the 2021 season in free agency. She only played 21 games for Las Vegas last season because of a foot injury, averaging 6.7 points in 18 minutes per game.

Despite that, she was a key reserve contributor during the team’s playoff run to the first championship in franchise history and the first major league professional sports title in Las Vegas history.

Riquna Williams stated that she was the victim.

Williams is due back in court somtime next week.

 

– Jake Ideguchi-Furukawa – Franchise Sports Media

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