Erik Compton Wife Yessenia Gonzalez: Domestic Violence & Arrest

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PGA Tour golfer Erik Compton was arrested on both felony and misdemeanor charges during the weekend.

He was accused of domestic violence towards his wife at their residence in southwest Miami-Dade.

Erik Compton With His Wife
Erik Compton With His Wife (Source: Instagram)

Erik Harald Høie Compton, born on November 11, 1979, is a professional golfer with dual Norwegian and American citizenship.

He was born in Miami, Florida, to a Norwegian mother and an American father.

Compton pursued his education at the University of Georgia and was a part of the 2001 Palmer Cup and Walker Cup teams during his college years.

Moreover, he has faced two heart transplant surgeries in his life. His initial transplant at the age of 12, stemming from viral cardiomyopathy, terminated his once-promising baseball career. 

Despite this setback, he pursued golf, attending the University of Georgia before turning professional. 

In 2007, he suffered a heart attack but survived after undergoing surgery and waited six months for a heart transplant.

Thankfully, Erik’s golf skills continued to improve following his second transplant.

What Really Happened? Everything About The Incident

The incident occurred shortly after 9:30 PM on Saturday at their home in the Glenvar Heights area, specifically in the 6800 block of Southwest 70th Avenue.

According to a Miami-Dade Police Department arrest report, a verbal dispute between Compton and his wife about “relationship issues” escalated when she began recording the argument with her cellphone.

Allegedly, Erik forcibly took the phone from his wife and threw it into their pool. He then grabbed her by the shoulders and forcefully pushed her against a wall, resulting in minor bruises on her left arm.

Erik Compton With His Famil
Erik Compton With His Family (Source: Instagram)

After this altercation, his wife left the premises, drove to a friend’s house, and contacted the police.

Compton exercised his right to have an attorney present and opted not to provide a statement to the police regarding the incident.

The professional golfer was taken into custody, facing charges of strong-armed robbery, classified as a second-degree felony, and a misdemeanor battery charge.

Furthermore, Compton was detained at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center, only to be released later on bond.

Details On His Wife And Kids 

He was initially married to Barbara Compton, with whom he shares a daughter, Petra Compton, who is around 14 years old. 

The couple divorced in early 2019, and he began dating Yessenia Gonzalez. Later, they married but haven’t revealed any details on the internet. 

From his second marriage, Erik has one stepdaughter, Janessa, who is a musician and is currently studying music production at the University of Miami.

Erik Two Daughters, Petra (Left) And Janessa (Right)
Erik’s Two Daughters, Petra (Left) And Janessa (Right) (Source: Instagram)

Yessenia Gonzalez is the lovely wife of the golfer, who has supported him throughout his health scare and career.

Although her exact age is unknown, she celebrates her birthday on April 29. The couple often travels around, and she accompanies him to the golf course. 

Chanda Rai
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