The Los Gatos Monte Sereno Police Department released a statement regarding the arrest of San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster. This statement details that Foster was arrested on three charges, including domestic violence, threats, and possession of an assault weapon.
Here is the full statement from the police department (via David Lombardi):
On February 11, 2018 at approximately 9:15 a.m. the Los Gatos Monte Sereno Police Department responded to a residence on Shannon Rd. in regards to a welfare check and a possible disturbance call for service. Upon officers’ arrival, the victim and suspect were both contacted. As a result of the initial investigation, the suspect, identified as Reuben Foster, 23 years old, was arrested without incident by Los Gatos Monte Sereno Police Department on charges of 273.5 (a) PC- Domestic Violence, 4222 PC- Threats, and 30605 PC- Possession of an Assault Weapon. Foster was transported and booked at the Santa Clara County Main Jail on the above chargers. The incident is still under current investigation at this time.
Domestic violence and an assault weapons charge are wobblers in California, which means they can be charged as either felonies or misdemeanors. The District Attorney’s office makes the decision on those. There are significant differences in punishments between misdemeanors and felonies. Additionally, an NFL investigation might well reflect such a difference.