Man charged in murder of ASU football player arrested for hitting girlfriend, 2 dogs

MESA, AZ - A man facing charges for the murder of a former Arizona State University football player has been arrested again, after allegedly attacking his girlfriend and her two dogs.

According to court paperwork, Ian Alexander MacDonald was arrested by police in Mesa after an altercation at the couple's apartment.

Macdonald’s girlfriend told police that after the couple and a male friend had returned home from Skyline Park on Saturday, where they had been cited for drinking alcohol, MacDonald “went crazy”.

A male victim in the home said that Macdonald was upset about the park incident and upon arriving to their home around 2:40 a.m., got into an argument with his girlfriend.

According to court paperwork, the female victim alleged MacDonald threw one dog against a wall and also kicked another, and when she went to pick up her dogs, he hit her and gave her a bloody nose. She then said he walked around the home and retrieved a handgun.

Court documents stated the male victim secretly called 911 and placed his cell phone in his pocket prior to seeing MacDonald pick up the gun. McDonald then allegedly stared at both the man and woman while holding the weapon, prompting the male victim to guard the female victim as he feared for both their lives.

Police questioned both victims separately, and were told that MacDonald eventually placed the gun on the floor. The female victim then reportedly hid the weapon in her bedroom before police arrived.

When officers arrived, MacDonald told them that an armed Hispanic male had pounded on the front door, prompting him to get his own gun. According to court documents, the female victim told police she never saw a man at their door.

MacDonald faces six charges including assault, false reporting to law enforcement and failing to comply court orders. 

MacDonald was on felony release for the second degree murder charge of Tyrice Thompson, and posted bond but was prohibited from possessing weapons or consuming alcohol. MacDonald is still awaiting trial, which was scheduled for assignment later this month.

He admitted to drinking alcohol and accidentally hitting the female victim in the face, according to officials. 

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