• Police: MMA fighter left mother in pool of blood

    By: KIRO 7 STAFF


    A mixed martial arts fighter is charged with assault after police said he beat his 73-year-old mother with a metal flashlight.
    Benjamin Wada, 27, lives with his mom in Shoreline and the morning of Jan. 30 deputies were called to the home. A family friend reported that during a phone conversation it sounded as if Benjamin was attacking his mother, but it also could have been a medical issue.
    When officers arrived they looked through a bedroom window and saw Wada kneeling next to his mother, who was covered in blood, according to court documents.

    When Wada came outside he was crying and said something to the effect of, “What happened to my mom … I thought it was a dream!,” police said. His clothes were bloody and he had what appeared to be blood smears on his body – but didn’t appear to have obvious injuries.
    Wada’s mother was inside on the bedroom floor with her eyes beginning to swell shut, according to court documents. She told police she was feeling dizzy and she didn’t know why she was punched and struck in the head with a large black flashlight.
    She had multiple hand and wrist fractures and head lacerations that required stitches.
    Wada, who admitted smoking heroin that morning, told police he was eating a waffle and the next thing he remembered was running barefoot down the street in a panic, according to court documents. Wada said he returned home to find his mother in a pool of blood on the floor.

    The family friend who was on the phone with police described disturbing sounds – and recorded part of the conversation after he heard screaming. Court documents show he shared that with deputies.
    Investigators found a large metal Maglite-style flashlight during a search of the house. They also said Wada told them about his 11-1 record in mixed martial arts, and that he had recently used other drugs such as Molly.

    Wada has a King County Superior Court arraignment, where he is expected to enter a plea, on February 17.

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