Swedish-Iranian lightweight Reza Madadi is strenuously denying any involvement in a robbery which took place in Stockholm at the weekend.
On Sunday it was reported by Swedish newspaper Ekspressen that Madadi was one of two men arrested after a high-speed police chase following a break-in at a designer handbag store.
The store was raided for $150,000-worth of handbags and high-end accessories. Police were on the scene at the luxury Bottega Veneta store quickly and were able to give chase as the burglars made their getaway.
Three men are on camera breaking into the store and removing items Police suspect Madadi is one of them and they arrested him sometime afterwards on suspicion of larceny. However, Madadi maintains he was elsewhere at the time.
“He is doing as well as anyone would be who is being detained for something they didn’t do,” his attorney Ivan Fialdini says,
“Reza has given police an account of his movements and location at the time the robbery was taking place and obviously it is very different from what they are claiming. So now we are waiting for police to investigate the information he has given them and hopefully he can be released from custody soon.”
This isn’t the first time the police have taken a good look at ‘Mad Dog’ Madadi. In 2009 he was arrested in connection with a daring heist which saw the robbers use a helicopter to abseil onto the roof of a cash depot and force entry.
In order to foil police, they had previously placed a suspicious-looking package at the helipad which the police helicopter uses. Police could not get their helicopter into the air until they dealt with the package, which of course turned out to be nothing at all.
Madadi was acquitted of taking part in the robbery - the most audacious in Swedish criminal history - but he does have assault convictions. He has also previously been financially compensated after an assault/robbery conviction was overturned on appeal.
He was recently pulled off the UFC on FOX 8 card for undisclosed reasons. Given the difficulty of obtaining a US visa with a criminal record of any kind, Madadi is now likely to be scrutinized very closely on any future attempts to enter the US.
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