Denver Broncos wide receiver Jerry Judy was arrested midnight Thursday and charged with abuse related to a domestic violence investigation, according to the Arapaho County (Colorado) Sheriff’s Office.
Judy was arraigned in the Arapaho County Jail on a second-degree felony charge of aggravated domestic violence, the sheriff’s office said in a social media post Thursday afternoon, shortly after confirmation he was arrested around noon local time.
The sheriff’s office said Judy has been placed on “no-bond hold”, meaning she will not be released from custody until she appears in court at 8:30 a.m. local time on Friday.
According to a police report filed in Arapahoe County Court, Judy’s girlfriend, Antoinette Tharp, told a deputy that “things went crazy” with Judy on Wednesday night and she left her wallet and medical documents for her baby in her car at home. So she couldn’t get it.
She stated that she wanted to return to Virginia but could not leave without the items, telling the deputy that she did not want to “bother” Judy, she just wanted her items back.
According to documents, Judy confessed to locking some things in his car, including the baby formula, because Tharp took one of his three cell phones and would not return it.
Arapaho County Sheriff Tyler Brown told a news conference that Judy was cooperating during his arrest and that there was no physical violence in the incident.
“The other part of it is the escalation of domestic violence and I know the word ‘violence’ means physical contact. I can tell you specifically that there was no physical connection between Mr Judy and the women’s party in this investigation. It only involved property,” Brown said. Said.
“There was no damage to property,” the sheriff said. “What happened was that there was an allegation that the property was being seized and the deputies determined that there was a sufficient probable reason for the arrest.”
The Broncos admitted awareness of his arrest in a statement Thursday afternoon, and then head coach Nathaniel Hackett briefed the KOA Colorado in a radio interview after the NFL released his schedule on Thursday evening.
“Right now, this is an unfortunate incident. We’re trying to gather as much information as possible,” Hackett said. “We take these situations very seriously. We want to make sure we get all the information, we want to talk to Jerry, we want to be there for him and we want to make sure we do everything right.”
Under Colorado law, second-degree tampering involves tampering with another person’s property, “with intent to injure, inconvenience or cause harm to that person or another.” This is a Class 2 misdemeanor and can result in up to 120 days in prison or a fine of up to 750 before domestic violence escalates.
Sheriff’s spokeswoman Ginger Delgado said domestic violence additions are added to cases where the victim either has a close relationship with the defendant or has a relationship with him. Judy could not be released on bond until she appeared before a judge because of the escalating domestic violence, she said.
Judy, a third-year wide receiver from the University of Alabama, was the Broncos’ first-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
In his first two years in the organization, 23-year-old Judy caught a total of 90 passes for 1,323 yards and three touchdowns. In 2021, he was limited to 10 games and five starts and caught 38 passes for 467 yards.
Jedi, a native of Deerfield Beach, Florida, arrived in Denver to attend the Broncos offseason event and spoke to reporters last week. Arapaho County includes the eastern and southern parts of the Denver metropolitan area, including the team’s Anglewood headquarters.