Former UFC title challenger and Bellator light heavyweight Anthony "Rumble" Johnson has been arrested in Connecticut on identity theft charges.
The news was first reported by The Greenwich Daily Voice's Zak Failla who wrote that the New Canaan Police located Johnson on Saturday, May 8, and took him into custody for illegally using a credit card in November 2019 to purchase a round trip from Newark, New Jersey to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The police were alerted to Johnson's activity after a resident in the area sent in a complaint about their credit card being used without their permission by a third party.
Johnson had just made his promotional debut with Bellator at Bellator 258 where he knocked out Jose Augusto in the second round in the Bellator Light Heavyweight World Grand Prix quarterfinals. It seems as though Johnson's fight and trip to Connecticut led to police being tipped off about the crimes he's being accused of. He was officially charged with identity theft, the illegal use of a credit card, and spending less than $500 on a revoked payment card. Johnson was released on a $500 bond and will be scheduled to make a court appearance later this month for the charges.
This isn't Johnson's first legal issue, he was charged with domestic battery in 2009, and in May 2019 he was arrested in Boca Raton, Florida again for domestic battery after an incident with his girlfriend. Bellator has yet to release any comments on the situation.