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Ben Rodgers / Forum Communications Co. , Published September 27 2012

Ex-Jimmies player may be charged after alleged incident with teammate

JAMESTOWN, N.D. – The city of Jamestown is pursuing a charge against a former Jamestown College football player, according to Leo Ryan, Jamestown City prosecutor.

The city prosecutor is pursuing a simple assault charge against Gavonnah Williams, 19, Texas, stemming from an altercation Saturday night. The charge is a Class B misdemeanor.

According to the Jamestown Police Department incident report provided by Ryan, police officers were dispatched shortly after midnight to the 200 block of Sixth Avenue Southeast, responding to calls that a male had been “jumped.”

According to the report:

The 21-year-old victim, who is also a football player for Jamestown College, said he was walking past Watson Hall after going to a house party. He’d had about 12 beers to drink and stopped in some bushes next to the building’s east side to urinate. When he was finished, he stepped out of the bushes toward the north side of the building, where a group of six men were standing.

The men asked the victim why he was sneaking around. Williams then allegedly went up to the victim and hit him in the face with an object. The victim suffered a cut to his head.

The victim grabbed Williams and the other men allegedly started hitting the victim before they stopped and took off.

Williams allegedly told the victim “I’ll kill you if you snitch,” during the incident.

The other men, identified in the report as Darius Threadgill, 18, Ronald Gordon, 19, Breun Crenshaw, 19, Tyrus Kendrick, 19 and Terrelle Owens, 18, all of Texas, were not listed on the Jamestown College football team’s roster along with Williams as of Thursday evening, according to the college’s website.

The victim later identified the six men as his attackers, first by knowing two of their first names and later identifying the rest after looking through the football roster.

According to the report:

Williams, Threadgill and Gordon said they saw a man emerge from the bushes acting like he wanted to fight, the report said. All three said they did not strike anyone. They all said they went into Watson Hall because they did not want anything to do with the man.

Owens said he was outside Watson Hall when he saw someone come out of the bushes, but did not see anyone get hit.

Kendrick told police he was walking to the Hanson Center gymnasium from Watson Hall with some friends when an intoxicated man walked out of some bushes and walked toward them. He said he then went back to his dorm room at Watson Hall. His last name was also spelled as Kenbrick in the report.

Crenshaw said he was inside Watson Hall at the time and did not know about the incident.

“We really don’t comment on the individual student disciplinary situations in the media, so we don’t have any comment at all regarding the matter,” said JC President Bob Badal.

Jamestown Police Chief Scott Edinger said police officers were present when the six former football players boarded a bus leaving Jamestown on Tuesday.

“At least part of that group, if not all of that group, left yesterday,” Edinger said Wednesday.

No arrests were made in the case. A Class B misdemeanor is punishable by 30 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.


Rodgers writes for The Jamestown Sun