PEI Fighter Charged in a String of Breaking and Entering Cases
Some sad news to report for MMA in the Maritimes as former Welterweight Richard Arsenault was arrested Tuesday by RCMP and Charlottetown Police Services in Prince Edward Island. At a press conference this afternoon, it was announced that Arsenault has been charged with 10 counts of breaking and entering in Charlottetown, Cornwall and Stratford as police believe he is the man behind the Screen Cutter Case. More charges could be laid as both departments will review unsolved cases involving breaking and entering.
The robberies in question have happened over the last two years with the most recent one happening Monday night. According to CBC news, the suspect would usually gain access by cutting the screen windows out of homes and steal various items, usually money. Arsenault has agreed to stay in custody until his court case which will happen Thursday morning. Arsenault does have a checkered past which includes pleading guilty to another breaking and entering case in 2010, where he was sentenced to two years in prison.
Arsenault began his MMA career back in 2007 and compiled a 9-5 record for organizations such as Extreme Cage Combat, Elite 1 and World Series of Fighting. He was also the owner and operator of Island Impact Gym in Summerside, PEI. His career highlight was in 2008 at Elite 1 when he won the vacant Welterweight title against Chris Doucet with a 2nd round arm bar. He would go on to hold the belt for over four years with four successful title defenses which included a five round slobberknocker against Ricky Goodell in 2012. He would lose the belt to current champion Matt Macgrath at Elite 1: Judgement Day in 2013 with the referee stopping the fight after the 2nd round. Arsenault was also a professional boxer where he compiled a 3-1-1 record before retiring from combat sports last year.
Update: Police have announced that 5 additional charges have been added on to the case which bumps the total to 15. Arsenault did appear in court this morning. He will remain in custody until his next hearing on August 29th. He will also appear in court on September 1st. Arsenault has also been ordered not speak with his wife
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