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'War Machine,' victim take to social media about assault case

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Jonathan Koppenhaver is seen in this previous booking photo. (Source: LVMPD) Jonathan Koppenhaver is seen in this previous booking photo. (Source: LVMPD)

Since allegations of abuse against a mixed martial-arts fighter surfaced Friday, social media has been the stage for a back-and-forth between the fighter and the alleged victim.

Las Vegas Metro police said that about 4 a.m. Friday they were called to a home in the 3400 block of Pueblo Way because of a domestic dispute.

Investigators did not provide many details about the allegations, but said that two people suffered severe but non-life-threatening injuries during the incident. They also said the primary suspect in the case is Jonathan Koppenhaver, a MMA fighter who goes by the name War Machine.

Since then, both Koppenhaver and one of the alleged victims in the case, local woman and adult film star Christy Mack, have taken to social media with their version of events.

On her Twitter page, Mack said she and Koppenhaver had broken up in May. She said Koppenhaver showed up to her Las Vegas home unannounced about 2 a.m. Friday. She said Koppenhaver stabbed her with a knife until the handle broke, beat her in the face and tried to rape her. She also posted images showing her face severely swollen and bruised.

On Sunday, via Twitter, Koppenhaver said, "The cops will never give me fair play, [and] never believe me. Still deciding what to do, but at the end of the day it's all just heart-breaking." In another tweet, he said, "I only wish that man hadn't been there, and that Christy and I would be happily engaged. I don't know why I'm so cursed. One day [the] truth will come out."

"That man," who Koppenhaver referenced was described by Mack in a tweet as a "fully clothed and unarmed" friend, who was attacked by Koppenhaver before he began attacking her.

On Monday, reality television star Duane Chapman, known as Dog the Bounty Hunter, tweeted, "better 2Give All You Excuses To The Judge ... you got 24 hrs to turn your self in or I am Coming After You!"

A $20,000 reward is being offered for Koppenhaver's capture, $10,000 of which is being put up by the cast of Pawn Stars, according to a tweet from cast member Corey Harrison.

Harrison, on Tuesday in a Twitter note, wrote, "Not for PR but because this guy is the worst piece of [expletive] and since we have the means to do so we are adding $10,000 to the bounty to bring Jonathan Koppenhaver 'war machine' to justice for Christy Mack." 

Anyone with information regarding Koppenhaver's whereabouts was asked to call Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555.

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