Released court documents show violent history for Payne
Updated: Tuesday, April 2 2013, 11:48 PM EDT
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Newschannel 3 is digging deeper into court documents that show a trained fighter--wanted for beating his girlfriend--has a violent history with women.
41-year-old Arthur Payne is wanted on two felony assault charges after he severely beat his girlfriend, 33-year-old Stephanie Janssen.
Now, court documents show this may not be the first time Payne has done something like this.
According to the victim's family, Payne is a skilled boxer and cage fighter, and also an amateur rapper.
According to court documents that Newschannel 3 found Tuesday, he's also had a history of violence with women--something that was no surprise for Stephanie Janssen's mother.
The ex-girlfriends of Arthur Payne tell similar tales of volatile relationships filled with jealousy and threats.
One woman, who says she dated Payne for three years, filed a personal protection order in 2007.
In handwritten testimony, she says he "threatened her" with "butcher knives," and "told her he was going to kill her."
Right now, police don't know where Payne is, but they say if you see him, you should not approach him, because they are unsure of his state of mind.
According to the 2007 claim, Payne was "seeing a therapist," and using "antidepressants."
One ex-girlfriend wrote that Payne told her "if she called the cops he would kill her," but also told her "he loved her."
Another ex-girlfriend requested a personal protection order in 2001, writing that Payne "broke in her door, put his knee into her chest and asked how it would feel to die from suffocation."
She went on to say that he put her in a headlock and said he would "snap her neck."
The documents also claim that Payne told her "he didn't care if he killed her and ended up in prison with his brother."
Stephanie Janssen's family says they won't feel safe until Payne is behind bars.
Protection orders were granted against Payne in 1998 and 2007--though the latter was terminated in 2008.
The order in 2001 was denied for lack of evidence.
As for Janssen, she remains in the hospital, but is now in stable condition.