Police: ‘Kicked’ victim identified in bar fight

LSU players senior quarterback Jordan Jefferson, 20; freshman wide receiver Jarvis Landry, 18; sophomore offensive tackle Chris Davenport, 21; and sophomore linebacker Josh Johns, 21. Show caption
LSU players senior quarterback Jordan Jefferson, 20; freshman wide receiver Jarvis Landry, 18; sophomore offensive tackle Chris Davenport, 21; and sophomore linebacker Josh Johns, 21.

A witness to last week’s bar fight allegedly involving LSU football players told police she saw senior quarterback Jordan Jefferson kick a man in the face, a Baton Rouge police report says.

The witness also told officers she saw sophomore linebacker Josh Johns, 21, attack the man and that several other LSU football players were present and possibly participated in the Aug. 19 fight at Shady’s bar, 623 E. Boyd Drive, according to the report.

Andrew Lowery, the man the witness said Jefferson, 21, kicked in the face, gave police the same account, the report says.

Lowrey, 21, told officers he got involved in the brawl after seeing several football players pull a man out of a black Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck, the report says.

The players then began to beat the man, Lowrey told officers, according to the report.

That’s when Lowrey said he intervened and managed to pull the man from the crowd and back into the truck, the report says.

The players — including Jefferson and Johns — then turned on Lowrey, kicking and punching him several times before getting into a silver vehicle and leaving, the report says.

The witness told police the fight began because the man in the pickup truck yelled for someone to move a vehicle that was blocking his, the report says.

After being attacked and before leaving, the man threatened the crowd with a gun he said he had in his truck, according to the report. The witness never saw a gun.

Police received a call about the incident just after 1:30 a.m., the report says. When they arrived at Shady’s no one involved in the fight was present.

A witness told the officer that people involved might have gone to Reggie’s Bar at 1176 Bob Petit Drive, the report says.

The officer went to Reggie’s but did not find anyone involved in the altercation, the report says. When the officer returned to Shady’s, Lowrey was present and gave the officer his account of what occurred.

The officer stated in the report that Lowrey’s face was swollen, that he had several bruises, and that he had blood on his shirt, the report says.

The officer was later contacted by the witness who told the officer Jefferson and John were involved in the fight, according to the report.

Lowrey, contacted by phone Thursday morning, had no comment.

Lowrey and three men, none of whom are LSU football players, were treated at a hospital for minor injuries, police have said. The other men’s names have not been released.

Of those injured, one man had three fractured vertebrae and another man was knocked unconscious, police have said.

Lowrey is a Marine and he is the man who was knocked unconscious and suffered contusions to his head, nose and hands, his attorney Michael P. Bienvenu said Thursday.

Police searched Jefferson’s off-campus apartment Wednesday, seizing 49 pairs of tennis shoes, including the ones he was wearing at the time of the bar fight, police spokesman Sgt. Don Stone said Thursday in a news release.

Stone said police will not release the details of why the shoes were removed from Jefferson or his home. He said no arrests are expected Thursday.

Police also obtained DNA from Jefferson during the search of his Nicholson Drive apartment for evidence into his alleged involvement in the fight.

Evidence that would “prove or disprove” Jefferson’s alleged involvement in the fight was collected in several brown paper bags by investigators, Stone said.

Police also are looking into a possible video of the fight posted on the website of radio station 1210 AM The Score, Stone has said.

Jefferson, Johns and two other LSU football players have been implicated in the fight. The other players are freshman wide receiver Jarvis Landry, 18 and sophomore offensive tackle Chris Davenport, 21.

Baton Rouge attorney Nathan Fisher is representing the football players, who have been interviewed by police and given police the names of witnesses.

Fisher said Thursday that he has not seen the police report detailing accounts of what happened during the fight outside of Shady’s bar.

“I obviously am not going to discuss something I know nothing about,” Fisher said, adding he was not going to discuss anything regarding the incident.

Police Chief Dewayne White has said investigators have conflicting statements from people they have interviewed about the fight and that they have not yet talked to anyone from a third party.

If warrants are issued, those arrested will likely be booked on second-degree battery and simple battery counts, Stone has said.

Stone said it is still possible for the four men involved in the fight with the players to have criminal charges filed against them.

Second-degree battery is a felony offense that carries a maximum five-year prison sentence upon conviction. Simple battery is a misdemeanor.

The football players went to the bar Aug. 18 after being in their apartments for a 10:30 p.m. curfew, LSU head football coach Les Miles has said.

Miles has apologized for the team over the incident outside the bar where several football players were present. The coach has said he is disciplining the team as a group and has urged them to cooperate fully with the investigation.

The No. 4 ranked Tigers are scheduled to open the 2011 season Sept. 3 against Oregon at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.