Ex-NFL player Zac Stacy arrested after allegedly beating woman in front of child

Police say the video shows Stacy striking the victim twice in the head. You then hear her plead with him to stop.


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After nearly a week on the run, former NFL player Zac Stacy was in jail Friday morning. He was arrested overnight by Orlando police.

A statement from Orlando police reads: "The Orlando Police Department received information that NFL Player, Zac Stacy, wanted out of Orange County/ City of Oakland for Aggravated Battery in a Domestic Violence case was arriving at the Orlando International Airport. Our officers made contact with Stacy as he exited an inbound flight from Nashville and placed him in custody. Stacy was transported to the Orange County Jail without incident."

He's accused of beating his ex-girlfriend in Oakland, Florida, last weekend, then taking off before police showed up. Stacy is now being held in the Orange County Jail without bond.

He was arrested for aggravated battery and criminal mischief.

Oakland police confirmed a video that has gone viral after being posted on social media by the alleged victim appears to show the attack which happened Saturday.

Police say the video shows Stacy striking the victim twice in the head. You then hear her plead with him to stop.

The arrest affidavit says the video then shows Stacy picking up the victim and throwing her into a 65-inch television.

While the victim was still on the floor, Stacy stands over her. He eventually picks her up and body slams her into a baby bouncer. An infant seated on the couch is heard crying as Stacy walks out.

The victim reported the incident to police, and according to investigators, they soon learned Stacy had left the state.

As for the victim, the arrest affidavit says she was treated at the hospital for cuts and bruises.

Domestic violence experts weigh in

Michelle Sperzel is the CEO of Harbor House of Central Florida, a shelter for domestic violence victims, applauds the victim for immediately calling the police and says videos like this are a heartbreaking reminder.

"If you're experiencing domestic violence tell somebody. Don't just live in isolation. People want to help you to get on the other side of that," Sperzel said.

"Those are two real people, and that is their life, it is one of those moments where it's incredibly important that people know that domestic violence is real, and that it happens and it happens every day," Sperzel said.

Sperzel said the video appears to show a common pattern among abusers.

"It sounds like she was taking back some of her control. And even her body language at the very beginning was someone who was taking control of the situation. And then that person responded with violence," Sperzel said.

It can also remind us of signs that a relationship is becoming unhealthy.

"The other part would be the escalation of violence itself. I mean, it went from pushing. And when then it went to hitting, then it went to picking her up and throwing her," Sperzel said.

Sperzell said there are people ready to help you if you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence.

"There is a life on the other side of domestic violence. I'm proof of that, and that you are able to heal from the different things that happened to you," Sperzel said.

People who are in domestic violence situations can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233.