Abraham, one of the most important players on the Falcons roster, was arrested, according to John Chafee of the Atlanta Police Department Public Affairs Unit, when police responded s to a call about a woman threatening to jump from one of the buildings when Abraham refused to exit the scene. Chafee said police charged Abraham with obstruction of police and obstruction of fire fighters.
Chafee said the charges are misdemeanors and Abraham was booked at the Fulton County Jail.
Abraham’s APD booking photo.
Abraham did not respond to an email message and his agent, Rich Rosa, did not immediately return a message left on his voicemail. A Falcons spokesman also did not return a phone message.
“We are aware of the news regarding John Abraham,” the Falcons said in a statement. “We are in the process of gathering more information and we will have no further comment at this time.”
Chafee said the woman, who did not jump and was uninjured, was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital.
According to a copy of the police report provided by Chafee, officers moved people away from the scene and put up crime scene tape to restrict onlookers from the area. The police report said Abraham entered the restricted area and was confronted by a firefighter who “repeatedly ordered him to leave the scene.”
Nearby officers then responded and ordered Abraham to leave, according to the police report. The report says Abraham “refused and insisted on continuing [farther] into the scene” at which point police arrested him.
Abraham joined running back Michael Turner, who was arrested Monday night following the Falcons’ victory over Denver. Turner was charged with DUI and speeding.