Crime

Photos: Semyon Varlamov, Avalanche goalie, busted for allegedly stomping on girlfriend

The Colorado Avalanche has been a mediocre team in recent years, but since Patrick Roy took over as coach, the squad has been on a tear, with a 10-1 record to open the season.

But the latest news about the Avs is far less happy. Semyon Varlamov, a goalie who's helped Colorado get off to this blistering start, has been busted on suspicion of kidnapping and third-degree assault, allegedly against a girlfriend he threw to the floor and stomped. Photos, video and details below.

The news provider that's leading the pack on this story to date is CBS4. Its 10 p.m. piece about the incident isn't online at this writing. Instead, what's in place is an Associated Press story that appears over an advertisement for an Avs jersey. Here's a screen capture:

Fortunately, however, a viewer recorded the outlet's video report and uploaded it to YouTube. The complete item is below.

In the offering, the station shared two photos of the reported victim provided by her attorney, Robert Abrams. Here's the first....

...and here's the second: CBS4 didn't identify the woman, but Abrams calls her "Evie" in an interview segment featuring his description of what happened.

Varlamov is said to have spent Monday afternoon drinking to excess. Then, on Tuesday morning, the assault reportedly took place in the goalie's apartment, located in Denver's tony Glass House building.

What happened? "As the evidence was presented to me," Abrams told the broadcaster, "he threw her into the wall, she went to the floor, and he was stomping on her, and that's what caused the bruising and the damage in this area."

Abrams stressed the size differential between the two. He described Varlamov as six-foot two and more than 200 pounds, while his girlfriend is "five-foot three, 100-and-nothing pounds." She was reportedly hospitalized for her injuries, and Abrams is quoted as saying that because this wasn't the first time something like this had happened, the woman decided it was time to "go lock him up."

Varlamov surrendered to authorities at around 6 p.m. last night. In the meantime, the Avalanche released the following statement about his troubles:

The Colorado Avalanche organization is aware of the allegations concerning Semyon Varlamov. At this time, and until the conclusion of this investigation, the Avalanche organization will have no further comment on this situation.
Oh yeah: Back in 2000, when he was himself a Colorado Avalanche goalie, current coach Roy was himself arrested for domestic violence. The case against him was later dismissed.

Look below to see a larger version of Varlamov's mug shot, followed by two videos: the CBS4 report and a tribute to his efforts for the Avs in net.

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