Boxing Star Ryan Garcia Arrested on Felony Vandalism Charge at Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills Hotel

Boxer Ryan Garcia was arrested on a felony vandalism charge in California for allegedly causing damage to a hotel in Beverly Hills.

Boxing Star Ryan Garcia Arrested on Felony Vandalism Charge at Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills Hotel
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The Beverly Hills Police Department confirmed to PEOPLE that Garcia, 25, was taken into custody on Saturday, June 8, following a call about an “intoxicated person” at the Waldorf Astoria hotel on Wilshire Boulevard.

“During the investigation, the intoxicated person was identified as Ryan Garcia,” Lt. Andrew Myers told PEOPLE. “Upon obtaining statements from the hotel management, it was determined that Mr. Garcia was a registered guest of the hotel and had caused damage to a guest room and the hallway of the hotel.”

Garcia was arrested after the hotel management requested his detention for property damage. He was subsequently taken to a local hospital for medical care.

A video obtained by TMZ allegedly shows Garcia, the 2021 WBC interim lightweight titleholder, being led out of the hotel in handcuffs, his face covered by a bike helmet. Earlier in the week, authorities were reportedly called to the hotel for a welfare check after one of Garcia's relatives said he needed assistance.

Garcia's attorney, Darin T. Chavez, stated that the arrest came at an "extraordinarily challenging time" for Garcia, following reports that his mother has been struggling with her health. Fans have speculated that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer, following a series of posts on X (formerly Twitter) by Garcia, including one that read, "Breast cancer is stupid."

Chavez emphasized the importance of respecting Garcia's privacy during this difficult period. "Ryan has been open about his struggles with mental health over the years and at this time he is dealing with an immense emotional burden. The support and understanding from fans and the public are crucial as he navigates these personal challenges," Chavez said. "We are working diligently to provide Ryan with the resources he needs. Our team is committed to ensuring that he receives the appropriate help and care to address both his immediate and long-term well-being. We ask for continued support and compassion as Ryan focuses on his family and his health at this time."

The Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, known for its luxury rooms and suites that can cost thousands of dollars per night, also confirmed the incident, stating that they are "cooperating fully with the local authorities." A spokesperson for the hotel added, "The wellbeing, safety and security of our guests are of paramount importance, and we continue to make every effort to ensure all practices and standards are in line with strict safety and security standards."

Garcia's arrest comes amid a tumultuous period in his professional career. Just after securing a non-title majority decision win against super lightweight champion Devin Haney, Garcia tested positive for a banned substance on April 20, according to USA TODAY. He now faces a possible suspension by the New York State Athletic Commission.