Denver Nuggets star Ty Lawson, girlfriend arrested in domestic violence dispute, sheriff says

Lawson booked on harassment, property damage

DENVER - Denver Nuggets' guard Tywon "Ty" Lawson and his girlfriend were arrested in a domestic violence incident at his home on Saturday night, Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said.

Robinson said the dispute at Lawson's home near East Iliff Avenue and South Wabash Street appears to have involved yelling and screaming and damaging of cellphones.       

The conflict "was a mutual situation and as a result our deputies made the decision that there was probable cause to arrest both parties," Robinson said.

The 25-year-old Lawson was arrested on investigation of domestic violence-related harassment and property damage -- both misdemeanor charges, court records state.

The 24-year-old Pettiford was arrested on investigation of domestic violence-related property damage, court records state.

Because the case involved accusations of domestic violence, both Lawson and Pettiford were required to stay in jail until they could having a hearing before a judge on Monday morning, Robinson said.

A judge issued a mandatory protection order against Lawson, prohibiting him from contacting Pettiford, court records state. A "mandatory injunction" was issued in Pettitford's case.

Each defendant was released on $1,000 bond.

In a Monday night statement, Nuggets General Manager Tim Connelly said, "We are fully aware of an incident involving Ty Lawson over the weekend. Per team policy and out of respect for the legal process, we will have no further comment at this time."

In October, the Nuggets gave Lawson a four-year contract extension worth $48 million, according to ESPN. He was the Nuggets' highest scorer last season.

A four-year veteran, Lawson was drafted 18th overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2009 and traded to the Nuggets in exchange for a future first-round pick.

Lawson also had a Jan. 29, 2013 arrest in Denver for flight to avoid prosecution stemming from a traffic case in Arapahoe County, court records say. In that case, Lawson was cited in April 2012 for careless driving, driving with a license under restraint and permitting an unauthorized person to drive, records state. He pleaded guilty to permitting an unauthorized person to drive and the other charges were dismissed.

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