LOS ANGELES (KTLA) – A mixed-martial artist nicknamed “Mayhem” apparently live-tweeted an hours-long 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.
Deputies were serving an arrest warrant for alleged stalking and domestic violence in the 26000 block of Avenida Calidad (map) about 10 a.m. when a man barricaded himself inside the home, Lt. Jeff Hallock with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said.
Hallock 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.
“He retreated into the house, was uncooperative with any of the commands by sheriff’s deputies, and based on that, we established a perimeter, called out the SWAT team and now we’re in the process of establishing communication with him inside the house,” Hallock said shortly after 1 p.m.
Public records show Miller owns the home at that address, which is in a development of single-family homes.
“We haven’t seen any real negative downfall from that particular tweet,” Hallock said, “but we know that is another mechanism for communicating with this individual.”
Authorities tried to contact Miller via cellphone and were prepared to “communicate with him via social media if need be,” the lieutenant said.
Just before 2:15 p.m., the Sheriff’s Department announced on Twitter that the standoff was over after a surrender at the rear of the home following a “remote front door breach.”
Aerial video showed multiple patrol cars, a black SWAT armored vehicle, an ambulance and other police-type vehicles were on scene. A crisis negotiations team and bomb squad responded as well, Hallock said.
About 1:45 p.m., Miller tweeted that authorities had broken a window in his home, thrown a box in with a phone inside, and were scaring his dog.
“I would like to give up, but not with 50 RAMBOS out there. Not cool,” Miller stated.
In other tweets, Miller referred to “wanna be soldiers” and “waste of resources” outside his house. He said he wanted a “peaceful solution.”
“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. An individual who answered the phone at the facility said no one there had seen Miller in the month.
From 2009 to 2012, 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 on the NBC competition reality series “American Ninja Warrior.”