DENVER – Denver Broncos wide receiver Jerry Jeudy was arrested Thursday by deputies in Arapahoe County, according to the sheriff’s office.
The Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office tweeted just after 2:30 p.m. that Jeudy was being held at the Arapahoe County jail for investigation of second-degree criminal tampering, with a domestic violence enhancer, and that he was being held without bond. That charge is a class 2 misdemeanor. 104.3 The Fan first reported news of his arrest Thursday.
Arapahoe County Sheriff Tyler Brown said the incident involved the mother of Jeudy's 1-month-old child, and that she called police around 10:15 a.m. from a neighbor's phone asking deputies to respond to a home in unincorporated Arapahoe County, in the 5600 block of South Waco Court, for a "keep-the-peace" situation between her and Jeudy.
Brown said the woman told deputies Jeudy was in control of her property. There was no physical contact between Jeudy and the woman, and he was arrested without incident. But since the two are in an intimate relationship, the domestic violence enhancer was added to the arrest charge.
Denver7 is not naming the woman because she is a possible victim of domestic violence, though she is identified in a police document.
According to Brown, among the items of the woman's that Jeudy was in possession of were her wallet, a car seat, some documents and items associated with their child. He said they were locked in a vehicle that she was unable to access.
According to a police document obtained by Denver7, the woman told deputies "things got crazy" between her and Jeudy on Wednesday night, though she did not elaborate, after which Jeudy put her wallet and the child's medical paperwork in his car and would not let her get it.
The document says the woman hides her phone around the house because of Jeudy's "jealousy issues" and did not have it on her at the time because she does not take it out around him. It also says she was trying to go back to Virginia, but because she didn't have her wallet, paperwork or car set she could not.
The document also said the woman "does not want to get him in 'trouble,' she just wants her items back to she can leave."
Jeudy admitted to putting the woman's wallet, items linked to the child, and baby formula and locking them in his car so she could not get them. The document says he did so because she "took one of his three phones and would not give it back."
The arrest happened between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., according to a source with knowledge of the arrest. Jail records showed at 4 p.m. Jeudy had been booked into the Arapahoe County jail.
Jeudy's first court appearance is set for Friday morning.
Professional football player Jerry Jeudy has been arrested by Arapahoe Co sheriff deputies. He's being held at the Arapahoe Co jail on charges of 2nd degree criminal tampering w/a domestic violence enhancer, a misdemeanor. He's on a no bond hold. He's innocent until proven guilty— Arapahoe Sheriff (@ArapahoeSO) May 12, 2022
According to Colorado’s Title 18, a person commits second-degree criminal tampering if they “tamper with property of another with intent to cause injury, inconvenience, or annoyance to that person or to another, or if they knowingly makes an unauthorized connection with property of a utility.” The domestic violence enhancer would potentially increase the penalty if Jeudy is formally charged and convicted.
In a statement, the Broncos said just before 3 p.m. they were aware of the matter and were in the process of gathering more information.
Court records show he was found guilty last July of a traffic infraction for speeding 10-19 miles per hour over a 75 mile per hour speed limit in Arapahoe County.
If the NFL determines Jeudy broke the league's personal conduct policy, Jeudy could potentially face a suspension.
Just last week, Jeudy, the Broncos’ 2020 first-round pick, spoke about his hopes of rebounding this year in his third season and with Russell Wilson at quarterback.
It remains impossible to overstate how disappointing Jeudy's 2021 was. He failed to score a touchdown during the season after starring in OTAs and training camp. He caught six passes for 72 yards in the season opener at the Giants before suffering a high right ankle sprain — there was fear of a fracture —on an awkward tackle.
He never regained traction due to a confluence of factors. The Broncos offense did not do anything particular well other than take care of the football. With Teddy Bridgewater and Drew Lock reluctant to take chances, Jeudy too often became a decoy.
The former first-round pick has 90 catches for 1,323 yards and three touchdowns in his first two seasons.
This is a developing news story and will be updated.