Former New York Jets running back Zac Stacy was arrested Friday in Pittsburgh and charged with kidnapping and assaulting his ex-girlfriend after attacking her in front of their child.
Stacy, 26, who was released from the Jets last season after an injury, was arrested and charged with two counts of felony kidnapping, according to court documents.
He is accused of beating his ex-girlfriend, hauling her into the trunk of her car and forcing her out of it near Interstate 376 in Pittsburgh, and hitting her with a shoe, the documents state. His other charges include assault, reckless endangerment, criminal conspiracy and harassment.
The victim told authorities the incident started after she and Stacy argued about her watching their son.
He allegedly went into the apartment they shared and left a text message for the victim indicating that he would find her, the document states. She told authorities she thought he left because he needed to use the bathroom. She told authorities she went to a nearby gas station when she saw that he was inside his mother’s apartment and started to record him.
The victim said she left to try to calm her young son.
The victim said Stacy left the apartment twice but returned in the evening around 10 p.m. before allegedly attacking her.
Stacy is accused of dragging her out of the car, striking her with a shoe and threatening to shoot her if she called police, according to the documents.
Stacy was arrested Friday morning after being stopped on Interstate 376 in Pittsburgh. A spokesman for the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office said Stacy was driving on Interstate 376 north when he was pulled over by State Troopers after investigators in another jurisdiction spotted the black Ford Focus.
The sheriff’s office statement said that when police approached the vehicle, Stacy “returned to the driver’s seat and motioned as if he had a gun in his waistband,” and a deputy armed with a gun secured the area while Stacy was taken into custody.
There were three small children — a 1-year-old, a 1-month-old and a 4-year-old — in the car at the time of the arrest, but the children were not hurt, authorities said.
Stacy was previously signed by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2015 before the Jets picked him up to be their No. 3 running back. In 2017, he played for the San Francisco 49ers, but was released in November after he sustained a leg injury. He was active for a game for the Jets in 2016.