- The Washington Times - Monday, August 10, 2020

Former Washington running back Derrius Guice is accused of strangling his girlfriend to the point she was unconscious, according to a new report.

The incident was revealed in the charging documents related to Guice’s arrest from Friday, which were first reported by The Washington Post. The woman, who is not named in the document, said she was strangled on March 13.

Guice was released Friday from Washington following news of his arrest. Coach Ron Rivera said Monday that it was a difficult but necessary decision to move on from the 23-year-old.

Guice faces three counts of battery and assault, one count of destruction of property and one count of strangulation (a felony) stemming from three incidents that allegedly took place at the running back’s home in Ashburn, Virginia.

On Feb. 14, the woman said Guice pushed her to the ground of his bedroom bathroom, causing an injury to her left thumbnail. Then on March 13, Guice pushed his girlfriend, pulled her hair and strangled her during a confrontation, according to the documents. During the third incident, on April 17, Guice allegedly pushed the woman to the ground and threw her cellphone to the street where it shattered.

The woman took photographs of her injuries from the incidents, according to the documents.

The woman, a Montgomery County resident, first reported the incidents to the Montgomery County Police Department. The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office then became aware of the allegations on July 22, when it worked together with Montgomery officials to conduct an investigation.

Guice, who “adamantly denies” the allegations through his lawyer, turned himself into authorities on Friday. He was released on a $10,000 bond and has a court hearing scheduled for Aug. 28.

“This type of circumstance, this type of situation, we take those allegations very seriously,” Rivera said Monday. “We had to make the decision going forward. Sometimes, it’s one of those things where there are processes, there are situations, there are circumstances that you go through.

“Each situation, each circumstance is unique. Each one will be handled and dealt with differently to what we believe is best for the organization going forward, and that’s probably the most important thing.”

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