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UPDATED: Fighter Ordered Held on Bond

LOS LUNAS –District Court Judge William Sanchez ordered mixed martial arts fighter Tyler East to be held on a $75,000 cash-only bond last week following his arrest on domestic violence charges. East pleaded not guilty to the probation violation through his attorney.

Police said his ex-girlfriend claimed East was “on a cocaine binge” when she said he physically assaulted her on March 17, according to the criminal complaint.

The complaint, filed in Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court, said East’s ex-girlfriend, Sherry Armijo, told police East kicked in the door to his friend’s house after he left the residence to “go look for cocaine.”

The complaint said Armijo tried to leave, but East grabbed her and told her she “wasn’t going anywhere.”

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Armijo asked East several times to take her home, but he refused, according to the complaint.

The woman claimed that the next day, East forced his way into her home shortly after he dropped her off. The complaint said East got into an argument with Armijo. When Armijo asked him to leave, East forced his way into the residence, the complaint said.

East allegedly struck the woman and knocked her to the ground by hitting her on her left jaw with his right knee. The impact of the hit caused the woman to lose consciousness, according to the complaint.

Earlier this month, East was indicted on one count of kidnapping, one count of aggravated burglary, one count of aggravated battery and one count of bribery of a witness in connection with the incident.

Sanchez ruled East’s bond run concurrent with the bond set by the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court.

In November, Judge Sanchez reinstated East’s probation, giving him the choice of entering a drug-rehabilitation program or wearing a 24-hour monitoring bracelet.

East told the judge he wanted to “move forward” and “do good” before he was reinstated on his probation after he admitted through his attorney to snorting cocaine after testing positive for the drug in August. East tested positive the same day he won his bout at MMA Fight Pit: Genesis at University Arena on Aug. 13.

East was admitted to 13th Judicial District Drug Court in a program that aims to help people deal with a drug problem while being closely monitored by a team of judicial, probation and clinical professionals.

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New Mexico mixed-martial-arts fighter Tyler East is being held without bond at the Metropolitan Detention Center after his arrest Sunday on domestic-violence charges.

East, 21, is charged with aggravated battery on a household member and false imprisonment, according to MDC records. He already was on probation for a 2010 aggravated battery conviction and since has been charged with several probation violations.

According to a report by KRQE-TV, a woman told police East had been on a cocaine binge when he kicked her in the jaw and knocked her out Sunday morning in Los Lunas. East was arrested that afternoon in Albuquerque.

East has an 11-3 MMA record, with nine victories by knockout and one by submission. On March 10 in Tulsa, Okla., he defeated Tracy Willis by submission — with punches, not a submission hold — on a King of the Cage card.

East’s older brother, Cody, also fought and won on the same show. Cody East is serving probation for a 2008 battery and child-abuse conviction.

Tyler East was a three-time state heavyweight wrestling champion, once at Los Lunas High School and twice at Belen.

His legal troubles began in 2009, when he was accused of beating a fellow Belen High School student in gym class. He pleaded no contest to a third-degree count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and was sentenced in 2010 to three years’ probation.

Last August, East tested positive for cocaine — a probation violation — after winning a fight at the Pit.

According to a Probation and Parole Division report, East also violated his probation by using a fake ID. In addition, he was accused of harassment by a former girlfriend, and another ex-girlfriend was granted a temporary protective order against him.

In November, state District Judge William Sanchez reinstated East’s probation, giving him the choice of entering a drug-rehabilitation program or wearing a 24-hour monitoring bracelet. According to a story in the Valencia County News-Bulletin, Sanchez told East that “one more slip-up” could send him to prison for the rest of his probationary period.

After the November hearing, East told the News-Bulletin, “I’m going to stay out of trouble and really work on getting my life together.

“I’m going to work on positive things in my life, being a positive role model for kids and people that are following me.”
— This article appeared on page D5 of the Albuquerque Journal

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