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Attorney seeks removal of GPS monitor for MMA fighter accused of raping two women

Cops: Varsity Tavern bouncer — an MMA fighter — drove 2 drunk women home, raped them

Abdul “Razak” Alhassan, a former bouncer at the Varsity Tavern, has been indicted on a sexual assault charge. He is accused of driving two intoxicated women home from the bar in March, then raping both women inside one of their homes.
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Abdul “Razak” Alhassan, a former bouncer at the Varsity Tavern, has been indicted on a sexual assault charge. He is accused of driving two intoxicated women home from the bar in March, then raping both women inside one of their homes.

An attorney for a mixed martial arts fighter indicted last month on accusations that he sexually assaulted two women is asking the judge to remove a requirement that his client wear a GPS monitor, arguing that it interferes with his career.

The mother of one of Abdul Razak Alhassan’s alleged victims told the Star-Telegram on Tuesday that she opposes the request, stating “he obviously should have thought about his career before the nature of the crime.”

She said the tracking device “gave us all a sense of slight sanity in this horrible nightmare — that he couldn’t continue to victimize others or worse, get even.”

Alhassan, 33, was working as a bouncer at the Varsity Tavern at 1005 Norwood St. in March when Saginaw police allege he drove two intoxicated women home from the bar, then raped both women inside one of their homes.

He was charged in the case in April and released from jail on a $20,000 bond. A Tarrant County grand jury indicted Alhassan on two counts of sexual assault on Sept. 24.

The court had previously loosened Abdul Razak Alhassan’s bond conditions — letting him remove his GPS monitor for fights and training but only when outside of Tarrant County — after his defense attorneys filed a motion in May that the device prohibited Alhassan from fighting in matches or even practicing and training for fights.

But on Monday, attorney Brandon Barnett filed a new motion, asking the judge to do away with the GPS monitor bond condition altogether.

“This provision is not reasonable or feasible under the circumstances because defendant’s profession requires that he conduct training, travel, and undergo medical procedures that would interfere with the monitor,” Barnett states in the motion.

The Tarrant County District Attorney’s office declined to comment Tuesday on whether prosecutors will fight the motion.

Alhassan, who is from Ghana, has competed professionally since 2013 and has a black belt in judo, according to the Ultimate Fighting Championship. His last fight was Sept. 8, according the UFC website.

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Abdul Razak Alhassan Tarrant County Sheriff's Office

The woman’s mother, who is not being identified to protect her daughter’s identity, said it’s “unfortunate that we don’t hold everyone to the same standard.”

“Being professional doesn’t negate you were on bond and got to participate in your fight anyway,” she said.

She said her family was contacted by a private investigator “in hopes that we would feel sympathetic towards removing the device” because it interfered with Alhassan’s career and ability to support his family.

“MMA cared more about their stats versus a crime that could have happened to their own?,” she said. “What about the devastation these families involved have to face?”

Officials with the UFC did not immediately return a message seeking comment Tuesday.

The general manager of the Varsity Tavern has said Alhassan quit as bouncer for the bar months ago.

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