Tommy Vext

Ex-Bad Wolves Vocalist Tommy Vext Arrested In Arizona Over The Weekend, Claims Incident Was In Relation To His Partner Enduring A ‘Violent’ Assault (Updated)


Ex-Bad Wolves vocalist Tommy Vext (aka Tommy Cummings) was arrested this past Saturday, May 11th. Per an arrest record, the incident took place in Gila County, AZ. The 42-year-old musician was charged with ‘threatening or intimidating / physical injury or property damage.’ Taking to Instagram live on social media this afternoon (May 16th) after word of the arrest began to circulate, Vext and his significant other explained the incident.

According to Vext, the father of his girlfriend was being physically and verbally abusive towards her and Vext showed up to stop the situation. At one point in the video discussion, Vext frankly summed up the incident as, “my girlfriend was violently assaulted, and I showed up.” Vext made no mention of any physical conflict between himself and the alleged abuser actually transpiring. Instead, he stated that his girlfriend had been arrested on charges based on what he claims were lies fabricated by members of the her family. Vext also claims these alleged lies resulted in his own arrest.

According to Vext, the police informed him that his subsequent arrest was largely a formality and that he was held in custody for roughly an hour before being released. Vext at one point teared up in the livestreamed video explaining the situation, apologizing to his significant other, who was sat beside him, for not being there sooner.

Back in 2020, Vext himself was sued for domestic violence by a former girlfriend. Vext publicly described that situation an elaborate “extortion attempt”. That civil suit was ultimately resolved in court, with Vext claiming of the verdict, which saw him slapped with a two-year domestic violence restraining order and ordered to pay $97,500 in legal fees for his accuser, that the residing judge was, “was kind enough to publicly exonerated me in his ruling of any physical abuse accusations made by someone with a personal vendetta.”

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Update: May 13th, 2024 07:51pm:

Vext has now released the video statement in question on the matter. You can find it embedded below, along with a transcription of it:

“Hey, guys. So, most of you guys know my girlfriend Hannah. We’ve been dating for almost 11 months now.

I wanted to come on here and address some issues that have gone on this weekend. So, I know you guys saw that I had posted on Saturday to please pray for our family. You know, it’s been a nightmare of a weekend.

So, Saturday, I was in Vegas, and basically, I had gotten a call from Hannah in the morning first, that there’s a member of her family who is an abuser who is not allowed around her or her children. And we believe that they got wind that we were relocating the family to Phoenix on Wednesday to our new place and decided that he would show up. So, he showed up unannounced against her wishes to their residence where her and the girls were and her mother.

And she took the kids and left for a while, called me, called C.J. Dunning, who’s a good friend of ours, called her sponsor, your therapist too yeah?… We all said, ‘Hey, if this person is going to remain on the property, your mother’s not going to have them removed, just book an Airbnb and go to the Airbnb.’ The kids had a school function. After the school function, she wanted to go home, get them clothes for the week. We booked an Airbnb.

Again, I was in Vegas, and she’s in Payson, Arizona, so I’m hundreds of hundreds of miles away. Just do what we said in therapy, just follow the rules. Do what your sponsor says. And around, what was it? Four? It was around five o’clock. I get a text message from her. Her oldest daughter doesn’t want to go to the Airbnb.

So, I FaceTimed her and I was like, ‘Hey, just let me talk to her oldest daughter,’ and just see what’s going on and why she’s upset. And I could hear in the background that she was upset. And then I started to hear yelling. And her abuser, who’s her father, he came into frame and he said, ‘I’m going to bash her fucking skull in.’ And then grabbed my girlfriend by the sleeve of her shirt and began punching her. And I saw him strike you three times.

So, she dropped the phone. I panicked and called 911. Because he said he threatened to kill her, and then I witnessed the assault. I reported as an attempted murder. Police were dispatched. She managed to get her phone and get away from him, her. Her actual… It’s not the father of her children. It’s her own father. So he’s an abusive alcoholic. And so, the youngest daughter had to get in-between, push, stop her father from being on top of her, punching her. And she got her phone. She called 911.

I packed up bags, threw them in my car, and began to drive from… You know, I’m in Enterprise, Las Vegas, driving to Payson Arizona, which is six and a half, seven hours away. And I’m just freaking out. I’m calling her sponsor, calling all these people. Then I’m calling her and I can’t get ahold of her. Then she calls me back and is like, ‘I’m being arrested.’ In an attempt to protect the abuser, the mother lied to the police with the father and said that she struck her child or spanked her child. So they took her away.

So, I’m completely baffled by this. We’ve been together for 11 months. I have never seen this woman so much as raise her voice to her children. Unfortunately — we are both sober — but we come from addict families and alcoholics. This is usually what happens when you get better and you start setting boundaries. This is something I experienced with my brother.

I recognize the father’s behavior is, if you’re accused of sexually and physically abusing of your child, you don’t attack them with violence. Basically, I drove all the way there to post-bail if I needed to post-bail. Then in addition to that, I wanted to make a police report because I was a witness, and I had tried to speak to the police on the phone, and they wouldn’t call me back.

So, I drove all the way to Phoenix overnight, got to Phoenix at about 1:00 in the morning, couldn’t sleep. The officer at the Payson County Jail office said that she would be seeing a judge at 8:00 in the morning. I slept for about an hour and a half, got back in my car, and then drove all the way to Payson another two hours, hour and 45 minutes, went straight to the jail house, said, ‘I need to make a police report. I’m a witness to a violent crime.’ They said, ‘You got to go to the police precinct or on the block.’ So, I drove to the Payson Police Precinct and asked to speak to the arresting officer, asked to make a statement, and I gave them my name, and they said, ‘We have to place you under arrest.’

This is the ridiculousness of how the family dynamic can be so sick. It’s like people don’t want the truth to come out so bad, that they will literally do anything [to protect themselves.] Another family member had been alerted that I was driving to go pick her up and called the police and said I was going to come there and kill everybody, which I went there.

I had no possession of a firearm. I wasn’t even mad. I was scared. I had to watch her get assaulted. And as a man, just to see the person that you love, and I’m so far away, I blame myself that I didn’t move her sooner because I know how bad it is. And the police were like, ‘Look, we know this is bullshit, but we literally have to put you under arrest.’ So. I was like, ‘Alright.’ So they fingerprinted me.

Lambgoat posted my mug shot. I’m laughing at it. Everyone is like, ‘This is ridiculous.’ And they realized something is really wrong, the stories are not adding up. So basically, I went into a cell for an hour and a half, and I watched a movie, and then I came out, spoke to the judge, and they were like, ‘Oh, you got a misdemeanor. You just got to come back and plea not guilty, and we’ll see you in two weeks.’

That’s what the situation is. I know that I’m sure Doc [Coyle, Bad Wolves guitarist] and them, people are trying to blow this out of proportion or make it like, oh, I did something. They’re desperately trying to save their careers by defaming me. But the reality is that my girlfriend was violently assaulted, and I showed up, and I did all the right things. I’m 15 years sober. Don’t need the drama. She doesn’t need this. I’m really… I’m sad for her kids. Luckily, they’re safe with their father, who’s a good man. All this stuff is going to get sorted out. But it’s not okay for families to act like this, especially around small children.

It’s deeply hurting because I grew up in environments like this. It’s unacceptable that an eight-year-old girl, literally an eight-year-old girl, has to protect her 30-year-old mother from her 65-year-old father who’s throwing haymakers at her.

We’ve got lawyers on this, and we’re going to prosecute them. We’re going to go to the full extent of the law, and that’s it. So just continue to please pray for us. Everything’s fine.

People are like, ‘Oh, Tommy’s arrested.’ I’m like, ‘I walked inside a jail cell for literally an hour and a half and walked out,’ which I needed to take a nap, because I hadn’t slept in how many days. If there’s anything, any other questions or anybody has any other like, ‘Oh, what’s going on?’ Because the media loves the drama. I’m already somebody, I’ve come out as conservative, and I got dragged for all that stuff. There’s always going to be drama with people who are on the outside.

But the reality is that this is the situation that happened. This is my partner, This is my person. I don’t care if you were in London or if you were in Africa and you got hit on the phone, I’d be on my first flight there…. I’m sorry I was late. I should have been there. I don’t know, this is what happens.

Anyway, we love you guys. We’re okay. We’re safe. Everybody’s safe, and we appreciate the concern. This is the thing… Even now, we have to pray for these people. And as much as it’s aggravating, we can’t be Christians and then persecute and hate because these people are sick.

Thank you. Sorry, it’s been very emotional for us. I never in a million years thought I would see anything like this. You guys see our relationship is public. You know how much we love each other, and you know that this has been like… Especially for me, I was alone for a long time, and I finally found someone good, and it’s it’s very hard to watch someone good be treated so bad and then feel powerless.

Alright, anyway, I just wanted to clear that up so if there’s any confusion or anybody doesn’t understand what’s going on, that’s what happened. We love you guys and thank you so much.

Everything is back to work. The lawyers are doing what the lawyers do, and then we’re just getting back to life. It was a terrible weekend. I hope everyone had a better weekend than we did. But yeah, have a good one. Alright, thanks.”

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