Boxer Ryan Garcia Arrested on Felony Vandalism Charges

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Lightweight boxer Ryan Garcia was arrested on Saturday for felony vandalism after allegedly causing damage to a hotel in Beverly Hills, according to a statement by the Beverly Hills Police Department. The 25-year-old athlete, who recently won the WBC interim lightweight title, was taken into custody after hotel management reported the incident.

Officers responded to a call about an “intoxicated person” at the Waldorf Astoria hotel on Wilshire Boulevard. Upon investigation, Garcia was identified as the intoxicated individual. Hotel management confirmed that he had caused damage to a guest room and the hallway.

Following the request for Garcia’s arrest by hotel management, he was taken into custody and later transported to a local hospital for medical care. A video obtained by TMZ allegedly shows Garcia being led out of the hotel in handcuffs while wearing a bike helmet that concealed his face. This incident comes after authorities were called for a welfare check earlier in the week due to concerns about Garcia’s well-being.

Garcia’s attorney, Darin T. Chavez, addressed the situation in a statement, revealing that the boxer is currently facing several personal challenges, including his mother’s health issues. Chavez emphasized the importance of respect for Garcia’s privacy and highlighted his client’s struggles with mental health. He assured that Garcia would receive the necessary resources and support to navigate these difficulties.

The Waldorf Astoria hotel confirmed the incident and stated their full cooperation with local authorities. The hotel management emphasized their commitment to the safety and security of their guests while adhering to strict standards.

In addition to this legal trouble, Garcia’s professional career is also facing hurdles. Shortly after securing a non-title majority decision win against super lightweight champion Devin Haney, the boxer tested positive for a banned substance. This development may lead to a potential suspension by the New York State Athletic Commission