Police report: URI freshman QB punched former girlfriend
A redshirt freshman quarterback at the University of Rhode Island jumped on his former girlfriend and punched her in the face while attending an all-day concert in Maryland, according to a police documents obtained by NBC 10 on Tuesday.
Lucas Casey, 19, of Columbia, Maryland, was arraigned Saturday in Howard County District Court. He was charged with second-degree assault, disorderly conduct and two counts of possession of false identification. Casey posted bond and was released.
A representative from Howard County Police said Casey was arrested and charged while attending the Mad Decent Block Party at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland on Friday.
According to the police report, witnesses told police that Casey struck 19-year-old Alexandra Fales in the face with a closed fist.
A witness told police Fales fell backwards and Casey jumped on top of her and punched her multiple times. The same witness told police another man struck Casey in order to stop the assault on Fales.
According to the report, Fales suffered a large bruise over her right eye and was taken to the Howard County General Hospital for treatment.
According to the report, Fales, who had a strong odor of alcohol coming from her breath and slurred speech, told police that Casey didn't strike her and that she didn't know what happened.
Fales told police that she'd been in a relationship with Casey but that it ended three months ago.
According to the report, while Casey was being placed under arrest, he yelled obscenities at officers and resisted. When he arrived at the area detention facility, police said Casey blew his nose at detention officers and spat at a correctional officer.
Police said two people died and 18 suffered apparent drug overdoses at the concert. Police said 20 people were hospitalized and 50 alcohol citations were issued at the event.
On Monday, URI suspended Casey after learning of the events.
"The University of Rhode Island Athletics Department has suspended redshirt freshman Luke Casey indefinitely from the University's football program pending the outcome of the police investigation following his arrest last Friday night in Maryland," URI Director of Athletics Thorr Bjorn said in a statement.
NBC 10's Joe Kayata reports Casey had been in the running for the starting quarterback position.
The URI football team opens its season Sept. 6 at Marshall.