Real Reason Demetrius Andrade Was Arrested in 2018

Published 11/20/2023, 12:05 PM EST

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Having ventured into the super middleweight division only once, Demetrius Andrade secured a unanimous decision victory against Demond Nicholson in a compelling 10-round bout. Despite this limited experience at the 168-pound limit, Andrade exudes confidence in his upcoming clash against David Benavidez scheduled for November 25 in Las Vegas. The undefeated southpaw not only asserts his ability to defeat Benavidez but boldly claims he can achieve a stoppage within the distance.

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So, Andrade is preparing for the biggest fight of his career in just one week. But a few years ago, Andrade was facing jail time. He faced a tough time after he’d defeated his WBO Middleweight title against Maciej Sulecki. This didn’t have any effect on Andrade’s performance inside the ring, as he remains to be undefeated. But what was the reason behind this arrest?

Why did the police authorities arrest Demetrius Andrade?

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In a reported incident on December 6, 2018, in his hometown of Providence, Demetrius Andrade found himself in legal trouble. According to the Providence Journal, police alleged that the 30-year-old world champion was discovered with a Glock 19 concealed in a Louis bag while driving his Mercedes, notably lacking the required permit for the firearm.

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Police encountered Andrade at 2:30 a.m. when he was obstructing traffic while engaged in conversation with a friend. Noticing his visible nervousness and furtive glances towards his bag, the police discovered the handgun along with a magazine containing ten bullets. Andrade purportedly justified his possession of the weapon by citing the need for protection due to his fame and financial status.

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Demetrius Andrade had to face some charges, but at the end of the day, he was successful in keeping the allegations behind his career and moving forward successfully. Let’s dive deeper into what these charges were.

What were the charges levied against Demetrius Andrade? Did his trouble with the police land him in court?

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According to an ESPN report, a spokesperson for Andrade clarified that the fighter, residing in New Hampshire, possessed a valid license to carry the gun in that state and had unintentionally forgotten about the weapon in his backpack while visiting his hometown. Providence Police Detective Maj. David Lapatin asserted to the newspaper, “There’s no excuse for carrying a gun without a permit.”

Consequently, Andrade faced a felony charge of possessing a firearm without a license but was subsequently released on bail. Following his arrest on December 6, Andrade initially faced arraignment in District Court, where he couldn’t enter a plea for the felony charge until the case progressed to Superior Court, a transition documented in court records occurring in April.

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On July 4, 2019, Magistrate Patrick T. Burke reinstated Andrade’s release on his recognizance, allowing him permission to leave the state, maintaining the same conditions that were in place after his initial arrest. This legal development outlines the procedural steps in Andrade’s case and the continuity of his release conditions. As of now, he’s free of all the charges and is a free man with no kinds of lawsuits on him. What are your thoughts about this? Tell us in the comments section.

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Chirag Radhyan

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Chirag Radhyan is a Boxing Writer at EssentiallySports. He has authored over 300 articles and loves to talk about the animosity between athletes, leading up to a fight. His coverage of the off-court drama between Jake Paul and Tommy Fury received widespread appreciation from readers.
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