UPDATE, 12:14 p.m. FRIDAY: Mixed Martial Arts fighter Brett Rogers remains in Dakota County Jail after a bail hearing held Friday morning in Dakota County District Court. Rogers is charged with third-degree assault, domestic assault by strangulation, having a pattern of stalking conduct—all felonies—and one gross misdemeanor count of endangerment of a child, after police say he beat and strangled his wife in their Apple Valley home.
Bail remains set at $100,000, and Rogers is not allowed in the residence or to have contact with the alleged victims. An omnibus hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. July 25.
FROM THURSDAY: Mixed Martial Arts fighter Brett Rogers has been charged with assault, stalking and endangerment of a child after police reported that he assaulted and strangled his wife in an Apple Valley home, according to a Dakota County criminal complaint.
Brett Charles Rogers, 30, is charged with third-degree assault, domestic assault by strangulation, having a pattern of stalking conduct—all felonies—and one gross misdemeanor count of endangerment of a child, the complaint says. The maximum penalty for all the charges combined is 19 years in prison and a $38,000 fine.
Rogers is an "EliteXC and Strikeforce veteran," according to his profile on mmafighting.com, and "is considered by many to be a Top 10 heavyweight fighter." His professional record from 2006 through 2009 was 10-0, the website says.
According to the complaint, police were called to a home in Apple Valley around 12:35 a.m. Wednesday for a report that screaming and sounds of breaking glass were coming from the home.
Police found Rogers at the residence, and he told them he had been arguing with his wife and that his wife hit him, and he hit her back, the complaint says.
Rogers allegedly told police he had been drinking; his breath smelled of alcohol and his speech was slurred, according to the complaint.
A neighbor then told police he had looked out his window and saw Rogers punch his wife in the head multiple times while she was on the ground, the complaint says. Another neighbor told police he allegedly saw Rogers’ wife with blood streaming from her face.
The complaint says Rogers’ 9-year-old daughter told police that she had heard yelling and went to the kitchen, where she saw Rogers push his wife—the girl’s mother—against a kitchen cabinet several times.
Rogers' 10-year-old daughter also told police she heard yelling, and that Rogers has hit his children before, the complaint says. Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom said Thursday that a son around the age of the girls was also at the house.
Police found Rogers’ wife walking near a school, and reported that she had several bumps on her face, injuries to her ear and jaw, blood on her face, a missing tooth and injuries to her neck and back, according to the complaint.
She told police she had fallen and was not assaulted, the complaint says.
Later, when she was in an ambulance on the way to the hospital, she told police she and Rogers had argued and he had squeezed her around the neck, according to the complaint. She said she got away and went into the backyard, and that he allegedly followed her and hit her in the head, and she blacked out.
She told police she did not want Rogers to be charged, the complaint says.
The two girls told police that Rogers had “choked” them in the past, and that they were afraid to go home, the complaint says.
The stalking charge says Rogers had stalked his wife since 2010 with the knowledge that she would feel terrorized, according to the complaint.
Rogers’ wife was released from the hospital at about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, but told police the assault was her fault and wouldn’t let officers take pictures of her injuries, the complaint says.
Backstrom said on Thursday that her the reaction was "not an uncommon reaction for victims of domestic violence."
Rogers is being held in Dakota County Jail, and his bail is set at $100,000. Rogers is not permitted to enter the residence or have contact with his wife, court records show. A bail hearing is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday in Dakota County District Court in Hastings.
Backstrom said domestic violence is a "serious problem under any circumstances."
"The level of danger rises dramatically when you have someone trained in fighting and martial arts,” Backstrom said. "It’s a very dangerous situation."