LOS ANGELES, Calif. — A mixed-martial artist nicknamed “Mayhem” apparently live-tweeted an hourslong standoff with the Sheriff’s Department that ended after a SWAT team, a bomb squad and crisis negotiators came to his Mission Viejo home on Thursday.
Police were called to the scene at the 26000 block of Avenida Calidad regarding a barricaded suspect around 10:30 a.m., Lt. Jeff Hallock with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said.
KTLA reports deputies were trying to serve an arrest warrant for alleged stalking at the home when the situation escalated into a SWAT call, Hallock said.
He identified the man in the home as Jason Miller, and said the individual had routinely been in contact with the Sheriff’s Department in past incidents.
Jason “Mayhem” Miller, an MMA fighter, wrote the following from his verified Twitter account at 11:20 a.m.: “If you would like to see this drama unfold, please, come to 26262 Avenida Calidad, Mission Viejo, CA 92691.”
Public records show Miller owns the home at that address, which is in a development of single-family homes.
Aerial video showed multiple patrol cars, a black SWAT armored vehicle, an ambulance and other police-type vehicles on scene.
In another tweet, Miller referred to “wanna be soldiers” and “waste of resources” outside his house. He said he wanted a “peaceful solution.”
“Just don’t let them shoot me,” Miller wrote.
“ALL THIS because I wanted to help raise a young boy into a man, and his mama (went) off her meds, and an ambitious DA thinks mayhem is BAD,” Miller tweeted.
On his Facebook page, Miller wrote Sunday the Ol’ Dirty Bastard from Wu-Tang Clan had taken over his Twitter account. The rapper died in 2004.
The page stated that Miller had worked since June at Rampage Fitness Academy in Lake Forest. The individual who answered the phone at the facility said no one there had seen Miller in the month.
Miller was the host of MTV’s “Bully Beatdown,” a show in which bullies fought in the ring against MMA-trained fighters for prizes, according to his page on the Internet Movie Database.
He also appeared in filmmaker Morgan Spurlock’s documentary series “A Day in the Life,” according to IMdB.
In 2013, He appeared in the NBC competition reality series “American Ninja Warrior.”
Miller was charged in 2012 in connection with the a vandalism incident in which he allegedly broke into a church and caused an estimated $400 worth of damage, according to the Los Angeles Times, which also reported he was discovered sleeping naked on a couch. The charge was dropped later that year, the Associated Press reported.
About a year later, he was also arrested on suspicion of domestic violence outside his Mission Viejo home in August 2013, according to the Orange County Register.
Miller has competed in a number of MMA competitions, including the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Strikeforce and DREAM, according to his profile on the MMA website Sherdog.
Miller’s former agent, Ryan Parsons, said the two parted ways two years ago, when he said Miller retired from MMA fighting.
Miller is 33, according to his profile on UFC.com, where he wrote that he began training in his backyard when he was 16.
“It’s what I was born to do. I don’t have the skill set to do any other job — I can only give my body for the entertainment of the masses,” Miller stated on the profile page.