Linebacker arrested for domestic violence

Alabama junior linebacker Ryan Anderson was arrested Tuesday morning for misdemeanor domestic violence in the third degree.

Anderson was arrested by the Tuscaloosa Police Department and booked into the Tuscaloosa County Jail where he was held on $500 bond, according to the Tuscaloosa Sheriff Department. As of writing, Anderson had not been released.

According to the Alabama Code, domestic violence in the third degree is a charge added to a number of misdemeanor offenses when "the victim is a current or former spouse, parent, child, any person with whom the defendant has a child in common, a present or former household member, or a person who has or had a dating or engagement relationship with the defendant."

The arrest also includes a charge for criminal mischief, one of the misdemeanors included in the definition for domestic violence in the third degree. Misdemeanor criminal mischief is a property-related charge that occurs when a person "with intent to damage property, and having no right to do so or any reasonable ground to believe that he or she has such a right, inflicts damages to property in an amount that ... does not exceed $2,500."

The Tuscaloosa Police Department released a statement on Anderson's arrest, clarifying the charges as stemming from property damage to Sierra Nicole Patterson's car. Patterson was also arrested during the incident and charged with the same crime.

"Tuscaloosa Police Officers responded to a domestic dispute call in the 1300 Block of 17th Ave at approximately 11:28 pm on 1/19/15," the statement read. "Upon arrival officers spoke with both parties who were on scene. After speaking to both parties and witnesses it was determined that Sierra Patterson and Orlando Anderson got into an argument in the yard. Patterson keyed and threw change at Anderson’s vehicle and then Anderson kicked Patterson’s vehicle. Both vehicles had visible damage to them."

According to the release, neither party showed signs of injury.

Anderson played every game for the Crimson Tide this season, recording 25 total tackles, eight tackles for a loss, three sacks, nine quarterback hurries and one fumble recovery. 

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