Cain Velasquez, the former UFC heavyweight champion, was arrested Monday on suspicion of attempted murder and booked into Santa Clara County jail. Velasquez is being held without bail.
During his arraignment, the two-time UFC Heavyweight Champion and former WWE star was officially charged with 10 crimes. They include first degree attempted murder, premeditated murder, multiple counts of assault with a deadly weapon, and shooting an occupied motor vehicle.
Cain Velasquez is being accused of shooting a .40 caliber semi-automatic gun into a Chevy Silverado that had 43-year-old Harry Goularte inside, but the bullet would actually hit Goularte’s 63-year-old stepfather. Goularte is facing felony charges of a lewd and lascivious act with a child under the age of 14 for allegedly molesting a four-year-old child who is a close relative of Velasquez.
“Velasquez, 39, fired a handgun multiple times into a truck carrying Harry Goularte, and two older relatives and rammed the truck with his truck,” Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen stated in a news release. “Goularte’s male relative, 63, was struck once, but expected to survive.”
“The sad tragedy is that Mr. Velasquez chose to take the law into his own hands, endangering the public and everyone in the truck. This act of violence also causes more pain and suffering to his family.”
Velasquez retired from MMA in 2019 and has been coaching at his longtime gym, American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose.
After his run in the UFC, Velasquez took up professional wrestling, first in Mexico, and then in WWE. He was released by WWE at the outset of the pandemic in 2020.