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June 21, 2014 at 6:53 AM

Hope Solo arrested for investigation of domestic violence

Update, 1:02 p.m. Monday:

Hope Solo pleaded not guilty in an appearance in Kirkland Municipal Court. Details here.

Update at 10:12 a.m.:

The Seattle Reign FC released a statement on the overnight arrest of the team’s goalkeeper, Hope Solo: “We are aware of the situation regarding Hope Solo and are currently gathering information. We have no further comments at this time.”

U.S. Soccer released a statement, too: “We are aware of the situation. At this point, we don’t have any further comments.”

The Reign, undefeated this season, plays Sunday at the Western NY Flash. Last Saturday, Solo posted her record-tying 71st career shutout, as the U.S. team beat France 1-0 in an exhibition match in Tampa, Fla. Solo has made 152 appearances for the national team.

Update at 8:46 a.m.:

Kirkland police have released the following account of the incident and arrest:

On June 21st 2014 and just before 1:00 am, Kirkland Police Department Patrol Units responded to a 911 call of a disturbance in the 10600 block of 124th AVE NE. The male caller stated that a female at the residence was “hitting people” and they could not get her to stop or to leave the house. Officer arrived and immediately heard the sounds of the disturbance inside the residence.

They entered and contacted several persons; one being Hope A Stevens (Solo) who appeared intoxicated and upset. As officers made contact, they observed visible injuries on Solo’s 17-year-old nephew and on Solo’s sister. After receiving statements of the persons involved, Officers determined that Solo was the primary aggressor and had instigated the assault.

Solo was arrested on 2 counts of Domestic Violence Assault 4th Degree and booked into the south King County detention facility (SCORE). Solo will have a mandatory court appearance Monday June 23rd at the Kirkland Municipal Court, with the time yet to be determined.

Original post: Soccer star Hope Solo was arrested overnight for allegedly striking her sister and her nephew at a Kirkland home (we reported earlier, based on information from police, that the disturbance occurred at the house Solo shares with her husband, former NFL player Jerramy Stevens. Authorities now say the house belongs to a sister of Solo’s).

Solo is listed in the registry at the SCORE misdemeanor jail in South King County as Hope Amelia Stevens. She is being held without bail for two counts of investigation of fourth-degree domestic-violence assault. Police say Solo, 32, got into an argument with the relatives during a family gathering.

Kirkland police Lt. Mike Murray said this morning that officers were called to the home because of an assault and a noise disturbance.

“There was a big party going on at her house. It was an out-of-control situation,” Murray said.

At some point during the party, Solo allegedly assaulted her sister and her nephew, he said. “There were visible injuries on them,” Murray said.

Solo is the goalkeeper for the Seattle Reign FC.

She has also played on two gold-medal winning Olympic women’s teams and appeared on TV’s “Dancing with the Stars.” In November, 2012, her then-boyfriend Stevens was arrested for allegedly assaulting Solo; a stun gun was reportedly used to break up the altercation. Hours later, Stevens and Solo were married

Stevens, who played college football for the University of Washington, was released because of insufficient evidence in the case. He was never charged.

During an interview with The Seattle Times last year, Solo’s first since the family dispute, Solo said she’s living in the spotlight.

“I’m in the spotlight, but not the truth,” Solo said. “That’s hard to accept, but that is unfortunately kind of how the world is and how the media is.

“Whether it’s with Hollywood, whether it’s with sports figures, whether it’s the president, that’s kind of how it works. I’m realistic and I understand that. That’s why it’s important for me to know who I am, to know I’m living my life the way I want to live, and that I am happy. At the end of the day, I can’t really let myself get too angry about outside opinions that are or aren’t true.”

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