ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Former Michigan cornerback Jourdan Lewis is facing misdemeanor domestic assault charges after allegedly pushing his live-in girlfriend to the ground, dragging her and putting his hand to her throat.
The alleged incident occurred at Lewis’ apartment at about 1 a.m. March 15, according to Ann Arbor police.
Lewis, an All-American who is expected to be drafted by an NFL team next month, is scheduled for a pretrial hearing at 9 a.m. April 12 in Ann Arbor’s 15th District Court, according to online court records.
According to the Ann Arbor police report detailing last week’s incident, obtained by Land of 10 through a Freedom of Information Act request, the alleged victim called police to report an assault. She told police she arrived home to find lights on in Lewis’ apartment, and that she and Lewis “got into a heated argument about the light being left on and who pays the bills.” Lewis threw two pillows and a blanket, which hit her in the face.
At that point, according to the report, Lewis went into the bedroom closet and shut the door. The alleged victim stated that Lewis was punching the door from the inside and that she went into the closet to make sure he was not causing damage.
“At some point Lewis stepped on her hair,” the police report stated, noting that the woman did not know how she ended up on the ground. The alleged victim said Lewis dragged her across the living room floor and stated that Lewis grabbed her by the neck and held her on the floor “for about three seconds.”
The woman told police she was not injured, and that Lewis left the apartment. The police called Lewis on his cell phone and located him on State Street and Granger Street, just south of Michigan’s football offices.
Lewis, according to the report, told police officers that the alleged victim “would not leave him alone about wanting an apology so he was going to leave the house.” He said he was getting dressed in the closet and was trying to hold the door shut when she forced open the door and struck him in the face. Lewis said that as he left, she grabbed his leg in an attempt to keep him from leaving.
“When asked if Lewis had grabbed (the woman’s) throat he stated that he may have grabbed it while trying to get her off him but had no intentions to hurt (her),” the police report said. “Lewis stated at no time was he trying to assault (her), he was trying to leave.”
Neither Lewis nor the alleged victim was injured, according to the report. The alleged victim had scratches on her nose and on her left hand that were photographed by police, but there were no visible marks on her neck.
The report stated that there was no property damage. It also indicated that police had previously been called to the couple’s residence for a “domestic incident” on May 5, 2015. No details were provided.
Lewis was handcuffed but was not arrested after last week’s incident. He was photographed and released from the Ann Arbor Police Department. The Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office initially issued a warrant for a misdemeanor domestic violence charge against Lewis on March 15.
At the time, Ann Arbor police were unable to determine the aggressor in the dispute, but after reviewing the case the prosecutor’s office authorized the charge against Lewis. Lewis pleaded not guilty to the charge on March 16 in Ann Arbor’s 15th District Court.
The former Michigan standout wrote on Twitter on the afternoon of March 15 that: “It’s sad that somebody would want to control you so bad they would ruin your life over it.” The tweet was deleted that afternoon.
A misdemeanor domestic violence charge in Michigan is punishable by up to 93 days in jail, up to a $500 fine, or both.