Ryan Edwards ‘threatened’ wife Mackenzie’s life, police claim
Former “Teen Mom” star Ryan Edwards “threatened” the life of his estranged wife Mackenzie Standifer over the phone, police said in an affidavit of arrest, quoted by The sun And Ashley’s reality summary.
Standifer, 26, recorded the phone call and showed it to authorities, the affidavit said, according to The Sun.
The officer transcribed the “most threatening part of the video” and said Standifer “interpreted it as a legitimate threat to her life,” according to the court document obtained by The Sun. The call came days before Edwards, 35, was arrested, The Ashley reported.
The officer who penned the affidavit said Edward’s voice was “difficult to understand” and described the MTV star as “a muffled and raspy voice,” according to the court document cited by The Ashley.
“You’d better lie to the guys who come and ask you, they’ll come and ask you at work,” Edwards said, according to the affidavit cited by The Sun.
Standifer was confused by Edward’s testimony and asked who was coming to her job, according to the affidavit cited by The Sun.
“The people at the club I joined on Friday,” he said, according to the arrest affidavit, reported by The Sun. “You know it’s a big no to being married and letting your wife disrespect you in that way, but I said I’d take the whooping because I didn’t want the outcome to be like that [unintelligible] for you, and that’s not fair.”
She told police she took the call because she and Edwards have two children together – 4-year-old Jagger and 3-year-old Stella – but she claimed her estranged husband had a “history of domestic violence problems”. the police affidavit quoted by The Ashley in its report.
Stanfider – who has been married to the MTV star since 2017 – told Edwards she was no longer interested in dating him, according to the transcript, reported by The Sun. “Yes, I can hear you, but you… look… I guess you didn’t hear me. What’s going to happen to you is going to be ugly,” Edwards said, according to the affidavit cited by The Sun.
Edwards was arrested on February 10, 2023 after authorities learned of an active warrant out for his arrest by Chatanooga Police Department. according to a press release issued by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office. Police also discovered he had violated a protection order issued to him by his wife the day before the arrest, the press release said. Police charged him with molestation, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance, according to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office.
Police said he was “in possession of drug paraphernalia and two bags of suspected narcotics,” the press release said.
Edwards’ court date is set for March 30, The Ashley reported.
Edwards was likely in possession of cocaine and heroin, police said
According to the arrest affidavit quoted by The sun And Ashley’s reality summaryEdwards was probably in possession of cocaine and heroin.
“I searched the inside of his wallet and found a glass pipe and two bags of white powder,” the officer wrote in court filings made available to The Sun and The Ashley. “One sachet appeared very white, more like cocaine, while the other seemed a little darker, more like heroin.”
“The total weight was 1.8 grams,” the officer continued, according to the arrest affidavit cited by both media outlets. “This will be sent off for testing.”
Edwards has a history of substance abuse. An MTV camera caught him passing out as he drove to his wedding with Standifer. She had to take the wheel from the passenger seat to keep them on the road.
Maci Bookout & Taylor McKinney obtained restraining orders against Edwards in 2018
Maci Bookout – the ex-girlfriend with whom Edwards shares a 14-year-old son Bentley – and her husband Taylor McKinney obtained two-year restraining orders against the MTV star. E! News reported at the time.
Bookout claimed Edwards “left voicemail messages threatening to show up at my house and take my son away. [Bentley]’ according to court filings quoted by E! News. Edwards “has threatened to show up and hurt me if I don’t answer the phone.”
The “Teen Mom” star claimed Edwards showed up to one of Bentley’s baseball games while under the influence of heroin and “got in her face,” the court documents E! news said.
Bookout feared for herself and her children – Jayde Carter, 7, and Maverick, 6 – who she shares with McKinney.
“I fear for my son’s safety because of these threats and evidence that he is driving under the influence,” Bookout wrote, according to E! News. “His behavior and actions are getting worse and worse, I’m scared for my three children and myself and what he might do as a result of his threats.”
Mutual restraining orders were granted, but Edwards was still allowed to see Bentley during this time, per E! News.
Edwards slammed Standifer on social media ahead of his arrest
Before his arrest, Edwards hit Standifer twice – on January 29 and February 9 – via Instagram, where he accused her of cheating and threatened to divorce her.
Edward’s first diss was posted under a picture of himself and his wife at a concert.
“I’m not proud to be married to someone who stays in bars and goes home with other guys,” Edwards wrote in a now-deleted post, according to A screenshot on reddit. “You know what happens when you lie with dogs? …wait look who I’m talking to. And then blame my addiction. Yes, divorce is the right thing to do.”
Then he withdrew his allegations and told The sun the next day that he was “wrong” and Stanfider wasn’t “that kind of person”.
A little over a week later, Edwards shared a series of insults against his wife via Instagram.
“If you’ve ever seen a spineless s***, this is it,” he wrote in a since-deleted caption posted to Reddit. “They take your money. Sleep with everything that’s looking at her. But to do that, you have to have a wife. God what a joke. It’s really sad.”
Some fans may recall that Edwards had his own cheating scandal in 2019 Radar Online rreported that Edwards had met a woman on Tinder just days before Standifer announced she was pregnant with their second child. Shortly after the dating app situation, Edwards was arrested in connection with heroin.
Edwards has made several stops in rehab to get help for his addiction. As noted by PeopleEdwards missed the birth of his second son, Jagger, because he was in a treatment center.
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