Thiago Silva was taken into Broward County Jail last night after an incident at the Pablo Popovitch Mixed Martial Arts Academy in Oakland Park, Florida and then arrested at his home. Silva after his bond hearing this morning, which was denied is now charged with aggravated assault with a firearm, one count of resisting an officer without violence, as well as one count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon stemming from a prior incident.
Silva and his wife of 13 years, Thaysa Silva, separated in late 2012 but had been living together at their Oakland Park residence.
On January 30 of this year, Mrs. Silva called police to their house for a domestic incident that occurred. She was “visibly shaking and sobbing controllably” when police arrived to the scene. Thaysa alleged that Thiago and her got in an argument over accusations of extramarital affairs, when Thiago picked up a revolver, pushed her onto the sofa, pointed the firearm at her and threatened to kill her.
Thaysa alleges to have screamed, after which Thiago covered her mouth with his hand, held her down, and placed the revolver inside her mouth. Thiago then left the residence, fleeing the scene in his vehicle.
Thaysa informed officers that she feared for her life and believed Thiago intended to kill her. Later that day, Thaysa filed for a temporary injunction for protection.
On February 5, 2014, Thaysa again called police following an incident at the shared residence. Thaysa alleges that she arrived to the residence at 8:53 p.m. to find Thiago inside. She confronted Thiago and asked him to leave, citing the temporary injunction for protection. He initially refused, stating that she was the one who needed to leave. Thiago did eventually leave without any incident.
Following his departure, Thiago allegedly sent Thaysa a text message that read, “I am gonna f**k you up and you are going to die. I am going to hire someone to kill you and I am gonna move my girlfriend in.”
On February 6, 2014, at approximately 7:44 p.m., Thiago Silva allegedly parked his Dodge Charger outside the Pablo Popovitch Mixed Martial Arts Academy where Thaysa Silva, Pablo Popovitch, and approximately 25 adult students were training. Thaysa and Popovitch are currently involved in a romantic relationship, a fact of which Thiago is aware of, and one that “contributed to his actions.”
Thiago Silva allegedly began to honk his horn continuously until Thaysa Silva went outside to speak with him, noticing immediately that he was “extremely intoxicated.” Thiago then brandished a glock pistol, pointed it at Thaysa, and stated, “You have ten seconds to bring Pablo outside and if he does not come out, I will go in the gym and start shooting everyone.”
Popovitch exited the gym and approached the driver’s side of vehicle, as Thiago allegedly pointed the firearm at Thaysa. Following ensuing death threats from Thiago, Popovitch ran back inside the gym, locked the front door and called police. Thiago subsequently drove off.
That was when police and the SWAT team arrived and the standoff enused. Silva when police arrived gave them the middle finger, but eventually they were able to get into Silva’s home. Silva was then taken into custody at approximately 11:12 p.m ET.
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