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Ryan Seacrest That Dude's Mug Shot Looks Just Like Me!!!

9/22/2017 7:13 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

THIIIIIISSSS ... is "American Idol" meets "Cops."

The person in this mug shot is NOT Ryan Seacrest ... but, c'mon, the resemblance is uncanny!!!

One of our eagle-eyed users was perusing the booking photos when she found this guy -- who looks strikingly similar to Seacrest.

In fact, they're both the same age (42) and height (5'8").

Unfortunately for this dude, cops say he was recently busted on a meth charge -- so that sucks. Hopefully, he can get his life together.

But if Seacrest ever wants to call in sick ... hey, we got your stand-in!!

Kardashian's DASH Store Woman with Gun, Knife Arrested

9/22/2017 3:35 AM PDT

The woman who pointed a gun at the cashier at the Kardashian's DASH store has been arrested.

Cops were able to use surveillance video to track down the woman seen here brandishing a knife. She's 35-year-old Maria Medrano. Cops went to her home Thursday night, executed a search warrant and found 2 airsoft guns ... similar to the one used by the perp in the first assault.

TMZ broke the story, the person who entered the store knocked down merch, left, and then came back wielding a knife, and that's when she was caught on surveillance video.

Medrano's been booked for assault and criminal threats. She's being held on $50,000 bail.

The video of her ranting with the knife is insane -- as is the fact news photogs didn't budge! 

Ricky Williams Arrested In Texas ... Smiling Mug Shot

9/21/2017 6:16 AM PDT
Breaking News

More legal drama for Ricky Williams ... the ex-NFL star was arrested in Texas this week on traffic warrants.

The ex-Texas Longhorns running back didn't appear too concerned when the time came to snap his mug shot -- he even broke out a smile.

Cops say the 40-year-old Heisman Trophy winner was pulled over on Tuesday for a routine traffic stop -- and when cops pulled his records, they noticed an active warrant for his arrest.

Williams was hauled to Travis County Jail -- but he's out now.

No word about why there was an active warrant out for him in the first place. We're working on it.

Story developing ...

Jean-Claude Van Damme Son Arrested on Police Video Allegedly Held Roommate at Knifepoint

9/16/2017 7:28 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

TMZ has obtained police video of the arrest of Jean-Claude Van Damme's son, and it's pretty intense.

TMZ broke the story, 21-year-old Nicholas Van Varenberg was arrested last Sunday in Tempe, Arizona, after a disturbance. Cops found a trail of blood leading to Nicholas's apartment, and apparently the roommate answered the door and let them in. Cops asked a few questions, then left.

But law enforcement sources tell us ... the roommate ran downstairs, claiming he had just escaped after Nicholas had been holding him at knifepoint ... furious he had opened the door.

The video starts when the cops returned to the apartment and are interviewing the roommate. It then cuts to the cops going down the hallway to arrest Nicholas. You heard him insist he had not gotten into a fight with anyone, but cops weren't buying it.

Police tell TMZ they searched the apartment and found a knife and weed. Nicholas was booked for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, unlawful imprisonment, marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.  

Martin Shkreli Arrested Bail Revoked for Hillary Threat

9/13/2017 3:17 PM PDT
Breaking News

Martin Shkreli is back in federal custody after his bail was revoked due to online threats against Hillary Clinton.

Shkreli was arrested Wednesday in NYC after a judge revoked his $5 million bail in his securities fraud case. As we reported ... Shkreli got into hot water for his FB post offering "$5,000 per hair obtained from Hillary Clinton."

He also said, "The Clinton Foundation is willing to KILL to protect its secrets" ... and that's why he was offering cash for her hair.

Shkreli backtracked from his offer in a letter to the judge, calling it an "awkward attempt at humor."

Too little too late, clearly.

Shkreli had already been found guilty on multiple securities fraud charges, and was awaiting sentencing. Looks like he'll do his waiting behind bars now.

Prince George Woman Arrested at His School

9/13/2017 10:05 AM PDT

Prince George was in class at his brand new primary school when police say a woman in her 40s attempted to break into the building.

The woman was arrested Tuesday on the grounds of Thomas's Battersea, which the 4-year-old Prince just started attending last week. Cops say George was in class at the time, along with 560 other students aged 4 to 13.

According to reports ... the suspect was arrested on suspicion of attempted burglary. Cops say they're reviewing security arrangements at the school on the heels of the incident.

As we reported, Prince William and the school's headmistress walked George into his first day of classes.

NFL's Brandon Browner Arrested in L.A. (Update: Mug Shot)

9/12/2017 8:44 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

1:15 PM PT -- TMZ Sports just obtained Browner's mug shot

Ex-Seattle Seahawks star Brandon Browner was arrested in Los Angeles on Monday night, TMZ Sports has learned. 

The former Pro Bowl cornerback -- part of the original Legion of Boom -- was booked for allegedly making criminal threats, a felony.  Sources tell us the alleged victim is a woman. 

Browner was taken into custody and his bail was set at $50,000. He posted bail and was released just after 11 PM. 

According to his booking sheet, 33-year-old Browner is listed as 6'3", 215 lbs. 

We reached out to Browner for comment. So far, no word back.

Jean-Claude Van Damme Son Arrested In Roommate Knife Incident

9/12/2017 12:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Jean-Claude Van Damme's youngest son got busted for allegedly holding his roommate at knifepoint ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... 21-year-old Nicholas Van Varenberg was arrested Sunday in Tempe, AZ. We're told cops got a call to check on him because he'd punched the elevator in his building. Cops say they found a trail of blood leading to his apartment, and after speaking to him and a roommate, discovered Nicholas injured his hand.

Officers left, but 20 minutes later, the roommate ran downstairs, claiming he'd escaped the apartment where Nicholas was holding him at knifepoint. He told officers Nicholas was pissed he'd opened the door for them.

Cops immediately searched the apartment, and say they found the knife and marijuana.

Nicholas was booked for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, unlawful imprisonment, marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Sig Hansen Sued For Alleged Uber Driver Attack

9/11/2017 12:45 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

"Deadliest Catch" captain Sig Hansen is reeling in more heat for his alleged spit-fest on an Uber driver.

Waheed Lawal -- Sig's Uber driver during the night in question -- filed suit against the reality star and his son-in-law, Clark Pederson, for allegedly unloading saliva on the back of his head and kicking the crap out of his car. Lawal admits he refused to take cash for the trip, it's against Uber policy, and says that's what set them off.

Sig was arrested afterward, and his criminal case is still pending.

Lawal's suing for assault and battery. And get this ... his wife's a plaintiff too, claiming loss of consortium. In other words, the couple isn't having sex anymore due to his injuries.

Sig's previously apologized for the incident. Not enough for Lawal, obviously.

Michael Bennett Gets Emotional, Leaves Podium at Seahawks News Conference

9/6/2017 1:35 PM PDT
Breaking News

Michael Bennett was so overcome with emotion while talking about the Vegas police incident and how it affected his family ... that he paused at the podium during a Seahawks news conference and walked off. 

As Bennett addressed the media after Seahawks practice, he called the Vegas incident a "traumatic experience" ... and says, "It sucks that the country that we live in now sometimes you get profiled for the color of your skin." 

Bennett was asked about the TMZ Sports video of the incident -- but wouldn't get into details about what happened before and after the camera started recording

The final question for Bennett was about if he's reflected on a previous statement in which he said he'll always be viewed as a black man in America ... no matter what he accomplishes in football. 

Bennett brought up his daughters ... and got emotional. And that's when he abruptly ended the conference. 

Michael Bennett Police Takedown Video 'I Wasn't Doing Nothing'

9/6/2017 8:44 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

12:30 PM PT -- Sources connected to the investigation tell TMZ Sports ... when cops responded to the club for a possible shooting, they ordered everyone to get down and not move so they could properly search and investigate.

We're told Bennett did not stay put -- instead, he ran -- and a cop outside the club stopped him and ordered him down to the ground at gunpoint.

Our sources say Bennett was detained until cops could determine he was not involved in any possible criminal activity ... and he was released.

TMZ Sports has obtained video of NFL superstar Michael Bennett being handcuffed by police while lying face down on the concrete in Las Vegas ... and you can hear him screaming that he's innocent.

The video was shot outside Drai's Nightclub on August 26 -- you can see one officer take position on a balcony while another cop handcuffs Bennett on the street level.

During the incident Bennett screams out, "I wasn't doing nothing man! I was here with my friends! They told us to get out, everybody ran!"

Bennett claims the officer had pulled a gun on him and threatened to "blow my f*cking head off" -- but you don't see that in our footage. At the time the video begins, Bennett is already being cuffed.

You can see the officer on the balcony is clutching something in his hand that resembles a handgun -- but it's unclear. 

Bennett has said in a statement that he -- and several hundred other people -- were running from the club after hearing what they thought were gunshots. He claims cops stopped him for "being a black man in the wrong place at the wrong time."

We've reached out to the Las Vegas Metro PD for comment -- we're told they're investigating the incident.

'Boomer and Carton' Host Arrested By FBI In Alleged Ticket Scheme

9/6/2017 6:03 AM PDT
Breaking News

Craig Carton -- co-host of the popular 'Boomer and Carton' sports talk show on WFAN -- was arrested by FBI agents at his home in Manhattan on suspicion of running a concert ticket scheme. 

We're told the alleged scheme looks like this ... Carton and a partner claimed to have been operating a ticket business that promised blocks of tickets to big concerts. Problem is, it was all a lie (allegedly) -- they never had the tickets.

Carton is suspected of defrauding investors out of more than $2 million.

A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney's office for the Southern District of NY tells TMZ Sports Carton is facing securities and wire fraud charges and he's due in court later Wednesday.

A rep for CBS Radio (which owns and operates WFAN) says the company is "aware of the situation and are cooperating with authorities."

'Ink Masters' Star Chris Blinston Arrested for Allegedly Strangling 13-Year-Old Daughter

9/2/2017 7:35 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

"Ink Masters" star Chris Blinston allegedly used both hands to choke his 13-year-old daughter so hard he squeezed off her airway ...  leaving her terrified and gasping for air.

Blinston's daughter told a therapist Blinston choked her Tuesday following an argument at his house during a custody visit. She told the therapist her dad strangled her twice Tuesday and that triggered a police investigation.

According to the police report -- obtained by TMZ -- the daughter says Blinston grabbed her around the neck and squeezed off her airway and was unable to breathe for 10 seconds. When he finally let go, she told him, "You just choked me, after everything that's gone on the past two days, you're choking me!"

According to the report, Blinston grew furious and again grabbed her by the neck and this time cut off her airway for another 6 to 7 seconds. The report also says Blinston called her cruel names -- including "mental skank." He allegedly told her if she told anyone about the incident there would be hell to pay.

When cops interviewed the girl they noticed marks on her neck, consistent with strangulation. The report noted that she's 5-foot-1, 110 pounds and Blinston is 5-11, 220 pounds.

Blinston was arrested on charges of felony domestic battery by strangulation. He was released from jail Friday after posting $6,000 bond.

Chris wholly denies all of the allegations, and says he looks forward to a full exoneration and intends to reconcile with his daughter.

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