On Saturday, Dec. 16, Track Palin — the son of former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin — was arrested in Alaska on burglary and assault charges. His arrest stemmed from a domestic violence incident and it’s unclear who else was involved.
The Army veteran was arraigned Sunday morning on charges of felony burglary and assault in the fourth degree, plus criminal mischief for causing property damage in Wasilla, AK, according to court records obtained by NBC News. Track, 28, had allegedly caused between $250 and $999 in property damage, details of which remain unknown. As of Sunday, Dec. 17, Track was still being held at the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility in Palmer, AK.
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“Given the nature of actions addressed last night by law enforcement and the charges involved, the Palins are unable to comment further,” his attorney John Tiemessen said in a statement. “They ask that the family’s privacy is respected during this challenging situation just as others dealing with a struggling family member would also request.”
This is not Track’s first run-in with the law or with domestic violence. Last January, he was also arrested and charged with assault in the fourth degree, interfering with a domestic violence report, and misconduct involving weapons in the fourth degree. At the time, Track’s girlfriend told local law enforcement that he had “struck her on the left side of her head near her eye with a closed fist.”
His mother addressed the arrest during a rally in support of President Donald Trump, and she blamed his arrest on PTSD, which he allegedly has been suffering from ever since he returned from a year-long deployment in Iraq.
“My son, like so many others, they come back a bit different, they come back hardened, they come back wondering if there is that respect for what it is that their fellow soldiers and airmen every other member of the military so sacrificially have given to this country,” she said at the time.