‘Buffy the Vam­pire Slayer’ ac­tor ar­rested

The China Post - - ARTS -

An ac­tor best known for his roles in the tele­vi­sion se­ries “Buffy the Vam­pire Slayer” and “Crim­i­nal Minds” got into an ar­gu­ment with a girl­friend, choked her and was ar­rested, po­lice said Thurs­day.

Ni­cholas Bren­don, who played Xan­der Harris on “Buffy” from 1997 to 2003 and Kevin Lynch on “Crim­i­nal Minds” from 2007 to 2014, faces charges of rob­bery, ob­struc­tion of breath­ing and crim­i­nal mis­chief, Saratoga Springs po­lice Lt. Bob Jill­son said.

The girl­friend told po­lice of­fi­cers who were called to a down­town ho­tel on Wed­nes­day night that she had gone to re­turn prop­erty to Bren­don and told him she in­tended to leave, Jill­son said. But Bren­don ob­jected, grabbed her car keys and then threw her cell­phone into the street when she tried to call for help, a po­lice re­port said.

“It sounds like it went down­hill from there,” Jill­son said. “He al­legedly grabbed her by the throat and started chok­ing her.”

Bren­don, who has been ar­rested mul­ti­ple times over the past year, was gone when of­fi­cers ar­rived but was ar­rested a short while later a few blocks away. Jill­son said al­co­hol was in­volved but he didn’t know if Bren­don was in­tox­i­cated.

Bren­don, who’s from Cal­i­for­nia, was re­leased from jail Thurs­day af­ter post­ing a US$20,000 bond. He didn’t im­me­di­ately com­ment on his Face­book page, where he posted a state­ment af­ter a pre­vi­ous ar­rest. His man­ager didn’t re­turn a phone call seek­ing com­ment.

In May, Bren­don was charged with public in­tox­i­ca­tion while in South Carolina, for the XCon World Comic Con­ven­tion. In March, he was charged with crim­i­nal mis­chief and prop­erty dam­age at a Florida ho­tel. In Fe­bru­ary, he was ar­rested on charges he re­fused to pay a bill at another Florida ho­tel.

Last Oc­to­ber, he apol­o­gized af­ter be­ing ar­rested on charges of re­sist­ing of­fi­cers and ma­li­cious in­jury to prop­erty af­ter a con­fronta­tion at the Tree City Comic Con in Idaho.

Bren­don has ap­peared in sev­eral other TV se­ries, in­clud­ing “Mar­ried with Chil­dren,” “Kitchen Con­fi­den­tial” and “With­out a Trace.”

AP

This Wed­nes­day, Sept. 30 book­ing photo pro­vided by the Saratoga Springs Po­lice Depart­ment shows Ni­cholas Bren­don, who was ar­rested af­ter a fight with his girl­friend, Wed­nes­day.

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