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Julian Edelman arrested in Beverly Hills, cited with misdemeanor vandalism

Julian Edelman was reportedly arrested in California on Saturday night.
Julian Edelman was reportedly arrested in California on Saturday night.Jim Davis/Globe Staff

Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman was arrested Saturday night in Beverly Hills, Calif., after he allegedly jumped on a vehicle causing damage, according to Beverly Hills police.

Edelman was arrested about 9 p.m. local time in the 200 block of North Beverly Drive and cited with misdemeanor vandalism, according to a statement from the Beverly Hills Police e-mailed to the Globe.

The incident was first reported by TMZ Sunday morning.

Edelman, 33, was placed in handcuffs and put into a police cruiser at the scene, but was later released with the citation, said Beverly Hills police Sergeant Thomas West in a phone interview. Edelman was not taken to the police station for booking, West said.

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He is scheduled to appear in Los Angeles County Superior Court on April 13.

Beverly Hills Police Chief Sandra Spagnoli said in an e-mail late Sunday afternoon that the police report would not be released until the district attorney reviews the case.

Earlier in the evening, Edelman appeared in an Instagram photo posted by former Celtics star Paul Pierce, which showed Edelman, Pierce, and Detroit Lions player and former Patriot Danny Amendola at Cantina Frida, which has a location on North Beverly Drive.

In a statement to the Globe Sunday, restaurant spokesman David Thompson said: “Julian Edelman was a guest at Cantina Frida [Saturday] night with some friends. They were polite and friendly.”

A Patriots team spokesman told the Globe Sunday that the team is aware of the situation, but had no comment.

The team announced Friday that Edelman was named the New England Patriots 2019 Ed Block Courage Award Winner, according to a statement on the Patriots website.

The award is bestowed to a player each year “who best exemplifies the principles of courage and sportsmanship while also serving as a source of inspiration,” the statement said.

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Edelman is scheduled to be honored with fellow award winners from the other NFL teams in Baltimore on March 28, the statement said.

The citation wasn’t Edelman’s first run-in with the law. In November 2011, Edelman was arrested and charged with indecent assault and battery for allegedly groping a woman at a Copley Square nightclub. Suffolk County prosecutors dropped the charges a month later after concluding they would not be able to meet burden of proof in a trial.

Video surveillance footage of the incident showed physical contact between Edelman and the alleged victim was brief and “did not meet any elements of a crime,” according to a statement from the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office.

Edelman signed a two-year, $18 million extension last May, which will keep him under contract through the end of the 2021 season.

Edelman finished the 2019 season with a career-high 1,117 receiving yards despite missing three games due to injuries. He caught 100 passes (six touchdowns) and will need knee and shoulder surgeries this offseason.

The Patriots were eliminated by the Titans in the AFC Wild Card round Jan. 4 with a 20-13 loss at Gillette Stadium.


Ben Volin of the Globe staff contributed to this report. Brandon Chase can be reached at brandon.chase@globe.com. John Hilliard can be reached at john.hilliard@globe.com.