For release on May 4, 2015   CONTACT:
Jim Demertzis, Supervising Deputy District Attorney
Family Violence Unit
(408) 792-2537   BRUCE MILLER CHARGED WITH VANDALISM   Bruce Miller, a professional football player, has been charged with misdemeanor vandalism.   The charge comes after an investigation of an argument between Miller and his girlfriend, during which the defendant threw her phone against a wall. While original reports indicated that Miller may have pushed his girlfriend from his parked car, an investigation into the alleged assault was inconclusive.   Miller, 27, of Santa Clara, is expected to be arraigned on the charge today at 1:30 p.m. in Department 46 in the Hall of Justice.  If convicted, he faces up to a year in jail.   Said Jim Demertzis, who supervises the District Attorney’s Family Violence Unit: “Even relatively minor domestic violence incidents can be the first steps on a path that ends in tragedy. That’s why we take all domestic violence cases seriously.”   On the night of March 5, 2015, the victim and Miller were arguing in a parking garage at the Rivermark Hyatt House in Santa Clara. The victim originally told police Miller had pushed her out of the vehicle before he grabbed her cell phone from her and smashed it.   Miller’s girlfriend, who refused medical attention, did not sustain any visible injuries or have any complaint of pain.  In a later interview, she denied that there had been any physical contact during the incident.   An independent witness, who was sitting at a nearby bagel shop, told police she saw the suspect and victim exit the garage on foot as they argued. The witness saw the suspect throw a cell phone against an exterior business wall.  The witness allowed the victim to use her phone to call police.
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