"Jersey Shore" star Ronnie Ortiz-Magro was arrested early Friday morning after allegedly chasing his on-again/off-again girlfriend Jen Harley with a knife, all while holding their infant daughter.
Ortiz-Magro, 33, is alleged to have gotten into a heated argument with Harley at around 2:30 a.m. at a Los Angeles Airbnb the couple were staying in, TMZ reports. At one point, Harley is said to have fled the home; Ortiz-Magro, with a knife in one hand and their 18-month-old daughter Ariana in the other, allegedly ran after her and yelled at her to come back inside the house. He then dropped the knife and retreated into the home, taking the child with him, according to the outlet.
The Los Angeles Police Department responded to the scene after receiving multiple 911 calls regarding a woman running outside and screaming that someone had taken her daughter, Los Angeles’ Fox 11 reports. When police arrived, Ortiz-Magro refused to meet them, prompting officers to force their way inside to rescue the child, who they feared was in danger, according to the station. Ortiz-Magro allegedly did not cooperate with authorities, causing police to use their Tasers in an effort to restrain him, the station reports. Local station ABC 7 also reports he was tased.
Harley sustained minor injuries during the altercation, but the infant was not harmed, according to Fox 11. Ortiz-Magro was reportedly transported to a local hospital in handcuffs for an evaluation before being booked.
A spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed to Oxygen.com that officers responded to a 911 call at 2:40 a.m. regarding Ortiz-Magro and Harley, and Ortiz-Magro was booked on a kidnapping charge and his bail set at $100,000. As of Friday morning, he had not yet made bail and was still in police custody, the spokesperson said.
Ortiz-Magro and Harley have long had a volatile relationship. Harley was arrested for domestic battery last June after the two got into an argument during a car ride that ended with Harley allegedly driving away before Ortiz-Magro was fully out of the vehicle, resulting in him being dragged along the road, Us Weekly reports.
Months later, in October 2018, Ortiz-Magro posted a photo of his bruised and battered face on social media and tagged Harley in the post, sparking speculation that a violent altercation had occurred. Harley denied any involvement, calling him a drug addict and accusing him of lying, E! News reports.
Just one day before his arrest, Ortiz-Magro spoke positively about his relationship with the mother of his child, telling E! News that he and Harley love each other, and suggesting that their relationship has been misrepresented on television.
“Me and Jen have a strong love for each other,” he said. “What the show portrays and what we really have for each other are two completely different things. They ask why do we stay with each other? And it’s because we know what we have is real. And at the end of the day, people don’t see what we have, they see what MTV wants you guys to see.”
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