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Mike Tyson News: Tyson nightclub incident in Scottsdale update

Posted on Thursday, December 09, 2004 @ 11:08:07 UTC by tysonian

Scottsdale police detective Sam Bailey said Wednesday that Tyson likely will make an initial court appearance within 10 days.

Tyson allegedly dented the hood of a car when he jumped on it as its driver was leaving the club around 1 a.m. on November 27.

Asaf Alikadic, 22, said he was trying to leave the parking lot at Scottsdale's Pussycat Lounge about 12:45 a.m. on Nov. 27 when he stopped to allow a group of people to cross the street in front of his car. A moment later, Alikadic said Tyson was atop the hood of Alikadic's white Toyota Solara, screaming and slamming his fists on the vehicle.

"I've watched him all my life. He was one of my favorite boxers," said Alikadic, a Yugoslavian immigrant and full-time caregiver for his elderly grandmother. "I never even thought I'd come across meeting Mike Tyson, let alone having him on top of my hood."
After Tyson's friends pulled him off the car, Alikadic said he drove away and didn't call police until later in the day when he realized the hood was damaged. A body shop estimated the dents on Alikadic's car would cost $1,400 to repair, he said.
I think he was just out having a good time with his friends,? said Alikadic.

The main issue is he was intoxicated, and sometimes you do things you really cant, or dont have control over, at that moment,? observed Alikadic.

On Tuesday, Scottsdale police asked Tyson, 38, to appear at police headquarters, where they cited him on suspicion of criminal damage and released him, Detective Sam Bailey said. He arrived at the station with his attorney and refused to answer questions, Bailey said.

Attempts to reach Tyson were unsuccessful Wednesday night.

Tyson is scheduled to appear for a hearing in Scottsdale Municipal Court on Dec. 17. If convicted, he could spend up to 5 3/4 years behind bars because of his criminal history.

Alikadic said he doesn't want Tyson to go to jail.

He said he simply wants Tyson to pay for the repair and apologize.
"He should not have done what he did, but I just want my hood to be fixed," Alikadic said. "I paid for that car and I worked hard for it."
A witness told police that Tyson "was intoxicated." Tyson's attorneys said they are conducting their own investigation.

Tyson, who has been living and training in the Valley for a fight scheduled in March, was recently rehabilitating his knee after undergoing surgery for an injury sufferedduring his July 30 loss to Danny Williams.

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