FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Details have emerged about the alleged sexual assault involving suspended Michigan wide receiver Grant Perry, who was arraigned last week.
Land of 10 obtained the 45-page police report through a Freedom of Information Act request. Perry faces four charges related to an alleged sexual assault that officials say took place Oct. 15.
According to the police report, Perry attempted to flee police as he ran from Lou and Harry’s, a bar in downtown East Lansing, Mich., following an altercation with a woman who alleged that Perry groped her between her legs.
The police report said Perry and two other men cut in line to get into Lou and Harry’s at around 12:15 in the morning on Oct. 15, and the women they cut in front of began to yell at him. The police report stated that Perry became “verbally defensive” and that the victim alleged that Perry groped her.
Harry Saites, the bar owner, told police that he called 911 to report a possible assault. Officers who arrived on the scene saw a male and a female pushing each other while in line, and a woman pushed Perry out of line.
According to the police report, the responding officer grabbed Perry and asked for his identification, and Perry ran from the officer, who tackled him in a nearby alley. An officer initially had trouble securing and handcuffing Perry, and threatened to “tase” him.
The responding officer sustained a minor injury to his thumb and did not seek medical treatment, according to the police report.
Perry was transported to the East Lansing jail without incident. At the jail, Perry refused a breathalyzer test, though the police report indicated that officers could smell “a strong odor of intox coming from Perry.”
The police also confiscated a fake ID from Florida from Perry.
Perry’s attorney, Frank Harrison Reynolds, declined to comment on the police report.
Perry was allowed to remain with the team following a two-game suspension in October, pending the results of the investigation.
Perry was arraigned Dec. 21 in East Lansing District Court 54B on four charges: a felony charge of assaulting, battering, resisting or obstructing an officer; two misdemeanor charges of fourth-degree sexual assault; and a misdemeanor charge of underage drinking.
Perry did not travel to South Florida for Michigan’s Orange Bowl game against Florida State. Michigan’s athletic department released a statement on Dec. 22, announcing that Perry has been indefinitely suspended from the football program:
“The University was made aware of the arrest of student-athlete Grant Perry earlier this fall. He was immediately suspended from all team activities at that time and missed two games. Based on the information at that time, Grant was allowed to resume team activities pending the outcome of the investigation.
“Upon being informed that charges would be filed, he was immediately and indefinitely suspended from all team activities until the legal process is completed.”
Perry, a true sophomore from Bloomfield Hills, Mich., was suspended before Michigan’s game against Illinois on Oct. 22, a 41-8 win. Perry did not play against Illinois or the following weekend at Michigan State.
Perry didn’t play in the next game but returned for the Wolverines’ final four contests, catching a total of 7 passes for 69 yards.
According to court records, Perry has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Jan. 5 in East Lansing.