Former USC football player Jalen Dread turned himself in Monday to face a charge related to an assault at a Five Points bar last month.
Dread, 20, is accused of punching a man several times in the face after an argument inside the Five Points Saloon in the early hours of April 29, according to the Columbia Police Department, which on Saturday said officers obtained a warrant accusing Dread of simple assault.
Dread turned himself in at police headquarters Monday and was taken to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center and has been scheduled for a Tuesday bond hearing.
The incident report provided last week by the police department says witnesses told officers there were three assailants. However, police spokeswoman Jennifer Timmons said Monday that investigators do not expect to charge anyone else in connection with the case.
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Deebo Samuel, a junior wide receiver for the Gamecocks, was identified in that report by witnesses as being involved in the incident. But he was not at the bar when the event happened, the police department said in its Saturday announcement, which came seven days after the incident. Samuel was in Five Points, however, police said.
Skai Moore, a senior linebacker on the team, also identified in the report, was present but did not participate in the assault, police said in their Saturday announcement.
The incident happened just before 3 a.m. April 29. A 24-year-old man told officers his phone was knocked from his hand inside the Harden Street bar. The three men denied they were responsible and “became agitated,” the report states. Police say the confrontation escalated into the man who complained being punched in the face several times.
“(S)ubjects were pulled off (the man) by bar staff and escorted out of the bar,” according to the report.
The report stated that the assailants were identified as University of South Carolina football players but didn’t specify who made the identification. The document, which is a public record, specifically named Samuel, Moore and Dread. Timmons later said that bar employees identfied the players.
Police have confirmed they have video footage related to the assault, but Timmons said only that the footage captures “a large crowd.” The State newspaper has filed a Freedom of Information Act request for a copy of the footage; however, the city of Columbia said Monday that it will not release the video.
“I talked to both of the young men on the day that the article was printed (Tuesday), and Deebo said, ‘Coach, I wasn’t there,’” Muschamp told reporters on a trip to Charlotte on Monday. “I trust our guys. He wasn’t there. And Skai said, ‘Coach, I was there, but I didn’t feel like I did anything wrong.’ I tried to diffuse the situation.
“The investigating officer commended Skai,” Muschamp continued. “Let me say that again, commended Skai, on his behavior and how he handled a very hostile situation.”
He was critical of coverage in The State.
The officers who responded to the incident wrote in the report that the three assailants were not at the bar when officers arrived. Asked when Samuel and Moore were interviewed, Timmons said only “last week.” As of Wednesday afternoon, neither player had spoken with investigators, she said.
Dread, a linebacker, said he is leaving the team, Muschamp said in February.
Dread was arrested Jan. 22 by USC police on a charge of leaving the scene of an accident, according to records provided by the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division. He was sentenced in February to 10 days in jail, and was released March 4, according to Richland County court records.