A professional rugby player from Australia allegedly stalked two women and broke into their apartment building on the Upper West Side.
Authorities say 20-year-old Matthew Lodge, who played for Sydney's Wests Tigers, followed two women into their building on West End Avenue at around 4:30 in the morning on Friday. Police sources told DNAinfo that Lodge screamed "This is the night you die!" at the women.
Once he was in the building, Lodge allegedly broke into a resident's apartment, locked himself inside, and punched them in the head, "causing swelling and bruising," according to the criminal complaint against Lodge. DNAinfo reports that the victim was a man who opened the door to see about the noise.
"[Lodge] then locked himself inside informant's apartment where he caused significant property damage to the apartment and informant's belongings and terrorized informant's family," the complaint states.
Lodge is charged with felony burglary and assault; he's being held on $20,000 bail.
An Instagram video Lodge posted on Friday shows him in the back seat of a cab.
A video posted by Matthew Lodge (@matt_lodge) on
In August, Lodge was suspended after he was charged with assault and stalking, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. In a statement, the CEO of Wests Tigers, Justine Pasco, said that Lodge had been fired.
“This type of behaviour does not fit with the culture we are building at the Club, nor is it to the behavioural standards that we accept,” Pasco wrote in the statement. “Whilst our playing contract obligation to Matthew will be terminated, the Club will continue to offer welfare and counselling options to Matthew to ensure he has the support he needs.”
Lodge is due back in court on Wednesday.