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38-year-old Matthew Giello had a tussle with his ex-boyfriend outside of Planet Fitness when his ex threatened to hurt himself if Matthew left him. On July 29th, MNPD officers spoke to Matthew’s ex-boyfriend, Nicholas Rivas, who first said that Matthew kidnapped him from Florida. Later, Nicholas said he willingly got into Matthew’s car after being offered drugs. Police then spoke to Matthew, who said Nicholas is schizophrenic and there is a history of domestic violence between the two of them documented in Florida. He also said that the dispute started inside the locker room at Planet Fitness when Nicholas said that Matthew was going to leave him forever and threatened to harm himself. Matthew grabbed Nicholas’ phone and exited, where Nicholas followed and put Matthew into a chokehold. He said that he had to bite Nicholas’ hand to escape. Nicholas told police that Matthew put him in a chokehold when he attempted to get his phone back and that Matthew bit him. Police noted marks on Nicholas’ hand and no marks on Matthew, so he was deemed the primary aggressor and was placed into custody.
Matthew C. Giello was booked into the Metro Nashville Jail on July 29th, charged with domestic assault with bodily injury. He is free on a $1,000 bond.