Chad Mendes Wanted By Police After Sucker Punching Man in Bar Brawl

Former featherweight number one contender, Chad Mendes is currently wanted by police in his hometown of Hanford, California, after he apparently sucker punched a man in a bar brawl before fleeing from authorities and hasn’t been seen since.

The Hanford Sentinel explains:

“Mendes, 27, allegedly sucker punched a patron in the face and took off running out the back door. Officials say they have not been able to locate him. The incident started around 1:18 a.m. A deputy on patrol in east Hanford drove past the business and witnessed two people fighting in the parking lot. He got out and intervened, causing one man to turn on him, according to the Kings County Sheriff’s Office.

That’s when authorities recognized Mendes. He appeared to be intoxicated and began cursing at the deputies and officers, authorities said. They asked him to leave. Instead, he went back inside and struck one man who “never even saw him coming,” Assistant Sheriff Dave Putnam said. Deputies chased Mendes along the railroad tracks behind the Lacey Inn Bar, but soon lost him in south Hanford. The area native has not been seen since.”

Sherrif Putnam pointed out, because of Mendes’ extensive mixed martial arts training, he could feasibly be charged with assault with a deadly weapon. Mendes has until Monday to turn himself in or a warrant for his arrest will be issued.

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