AEW star Jake Atlas was arrested on a domestic violence charge against his long-time partner on May 23rd.
Jake Atlas, who signed with AEW back in January, was arrested on May 23rd in Orlando, FL. According to a report from PWInsider, Atlas, real name Kenny Sanchez Martinez, was arrested and charged with misdemeanor battery (a domestic assault charge) against his partner of several years.
PWInsider shared the details of the police report, which states that police were called to the home that Atlas shared with his partner (who is not being named due to their status as a victim of a crime) at 12:57am on May 23rd.
According to the report, Atlas was out drinking at Big Daddy’s Roadhouse and called his partner for a ride home around 10pm. However, when his partner arrived at the restaurant, Atlas wanted them to stay and continue drinking with him. According to the victim, Atlas wanted them to go to a friend’s house to be intimate together but Atlas became upset that his partner was showing “half more attention to her,” which initiated a “verbal argument.”
The report continued, stating that Jake Atlas “became physically aggressive” and charged at his partner, and a witness had to intervene to prevent an attack. The witness invited the intoxicated Atlas to come home with him to “sleep it off,” and the victim left the apartment where they were. However, according to the report, Atlas followed the victim and yelled at them before again trying to attack. While the witness tried to intervene, the attack left the victim with a forearm scratch and a torn tank top.
After the witness was able to separate the two and get Atlas into a car, but Atlas then got out of the car and demanded that he be brought back to his apartment so that he could get his dog and leave. However, once he returned to the apartment that he shared with the victim, he refused to leave and police were called to the home.
The responding officer noted in the police report that Atlas only wanted to “speak badly” about the victim instead of taking the opportunity to tell his side of the story. Atlas was determined to be the aggressor in the situation and was arrested.
Jake Atlas was released from jail the same day he was arrested, and he also signed a no contact order on that day that states he will have no communication with his victim and must stay 500 feet away. He is set to appear before the Orange County court on June 28th and will be officially arraigned on that day at 7:30am. Neither Atlas nor his victim have commented publicly about the arrest, and AEW has yet to issue a statement.
Jake Atlas joined WWE in 2018, signing a deal with the company a year later. He went on to appear on both NXT and 205 live before being released on August 6th 2021.
Atlas has been open about his mental health struggles since leaving WWE, praising the company for saving his life. The California native revealed that during his time with WWE, they had paid for him to attend therapy for six months.
After a tryout match on AEW Dark, Jake Atlas made his AEW Rampage debut on January 7th. However, that would prove to be his final match for a while as during the taping of the show on January 5th, Atlas suffered an ACL injury in his match against Adam Cole and underwent surgery in mid-February.