Sergio Da Silva, a professional mixed martial artist accused of robbing a New York City bank in August 2017, plead not guilty to charges while in court on Monday.
Da Silva was arrested in connection with an August 24 robbery at a CitiBank in Queens, New York. Law enforcement officials state that more nearly $50,000 was taken during the heist.
The fighter who last competed at Bellator 180 at Madison Square Garden in June 2017 was charged with two felonies to include 1st degree robbery while displaying a firearm.
Da Silva is represented by David Fish who tells TMZ, “We intend to show at trial that he’s not guilty of what he’s alleged to have committed. The allegations are very serious. I think Sergio has a lot of confidence in that the truth will come out at trial.”
He lost Bellator appearance by way of submission to opponent Matthew Rizzo but it was his pre-fight antics that sent the fighter into viral status. A video of the fighter trying to cheat while weighing in for the contest garnered more than 1.3 million views.
Sergio Da Silva whose nickname is “The Savage” holds a professional MMA record of 6-9. He is due back in court in April.
In September the mixed martial artist took to social media to profess his innocence stating, “Crazy day to say the least. I am truly overwhelmed by all the love and support I have received. I got all the text , calls, emails, messages etc. thank you to my phenomenal lawyer I’m home and my attorney is working hard to clear this up. As much as I would love to speak more about the allegations my legal team has rightfully advised me against discussing any details until the case is over. We are following all the necessary steps required. All I ask is for everyone to plz respect my family during this difficult times also plz understand my distance . I do not have my cell phone . Should have it in the next few days. I’m ready to cooperate and clear up my name.
God gives his toughest battles to his strongest warriors
Love is love”
Da Silva is considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.