On Monday (Aug. 10), criminal complaints were filed against former Washington Football Team running back Derrius Guice stating that he attacked his girlfriend on three separate occasions, including an incident in which he “strangled her until she was unconscious.”
According to one criminal complaint, the incident allegedly transpired on March 13 at Guice’s home in Ashburn, Virginia, as USA Today reports. The complaint alleges that once Guice’s girlfriend regained consciousness, Guice “was crying and tapping her.” Guice allegedly “pushed her and pulled her hair more than once” on March 13, according to the report.
According to the complaint, upon regaining consciousness the woman hurried and left Guice’s home in order to catch a flight. While in Chicago during a layover, the woman took pictures of her injuries in a bathroom, showing a bruised neck.
The complaints were filed in Loudoun County General District Court. The 23-year-old former NFL player was charged with one count of felony strangulation, three counts of assault and battery, and one count of destruction of property for his alleged role in the three separate incidents.
Guice is slated to be in court for his initial appearance on Aug. 28. In another criminal complaint, it’s alleged that Guice pushed his girlfriend to the ground of his bedroom’s bathroom on Feb. 14. The woman suffered an injury to her left thumbnail while trying to catch her fall.
According to the report, the woman’s nail eventually fell off after a popped blood vessel, which the woman photographed. On April 17, the final incident took place, according to the final criminal complaint.
While outside of his home, Guice alleged shoved his girlfriend to the ground “causing her to sustain injuries to her body” that she photographed, according to the complaint. He also allegedly tossed his girlfriend’s cell phone into the street, which caused the device to shatter.
The court documents identified the woman by her initials. According to the documents, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Department stated that the incidents were reported to the Montgomery County Police Department in Maryland, where the woman lives.
According to Loudoun officials, July 22 is when the incident transpired and it happened in their jurisdiction in February, March, and April. Guice was slated to enter his third NFL season after missing his rookie year with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
Last season, the former NFL player registered 42 carries for 245 yards with two touchdowns in five games. Once news broke of the incidents, Washington released Guice. “I talked with the players yesterday and basically told them I made a decision I thought was in the best interest of our organization,” head coach Ron Rivera said. “If it was the right decision, we will benefit from it. If it’s not, it will be on me. I will take full responsibility as we go forward to try and make sure we do things the right way. From that, I want to move forward.”