Jersey Shore cast member Ronnie Ortiz-Magro was arrested on a kidnapping charge following an alleged domestic violence dispute involving his 18-month-old daughter and longtime girlfriend in Hollywood Hills early Friday morning.
According to FOX LA, multiple 911 calls from neighbors came in just before 3 am reporting about a woman who was seen running down the street in the 3700 block of Woodrow Wilson Drive near the intesection of Mulholland Drive and the 170 Freeway. The callers reported that the woman was screaming for help and said that someone took her baby girl. One witness stated a woman came to her door and saw a shirtless man attack her, according to police.
The woman was identified as Jen Harley, Ronnie’s on-again, off-again girlfriend. The couple were staying in a AirBnB
Jen told arriving officers that Ronnie was armed with a knife and that he was inside the home with their baby.
The suspect was identified as the 33-year-old reality star who is also the baby’s father. Jen and Ronnie have frequently made headlines for their tumultuous on-again, off-again relationship.
It was alleged that Ronnie was high on drugs.
LAPD North Hollywood patrol officers made contact with Ronnie and ordered him to exit the home, which he refused to do. Officers believed the child may have been in danger and broke down a door at the home to rescue his 18-month-old daughter from his hands.
Ronnie was combative with officers and tried to fight them, which caused them to use a taser to subdue him.
Ronnie was taken away in an ambulance in handcuffs. He was taken to a nearby hospital to be evaluated.
Jen suffered minor injuries including cuts and abrasions in the fight. The baby was not injured.
Jen was distraught at the scene and was apparently searching for a bracelet or necklace that she lost during the alleged altercation. Officers helped Harley retrieve the piece of jewelry from behind a garbage can on the street.
Ronnie was released from the hospital and taken into police custody. He was booked into a jail in Van Nuys for a kidnapping charge. His bail was set at $100,000.
Ronnie was later released after posting bail earlier this afternoon, according to TMZ, Jen was seen leaving the AirBnB with their daughter.