FIRST ON WITN: Williams Charged With Assault

An ECU running back faces even more charges. Greenville police say last night they arrested Jonathan Williams for a third time this year.

Warrants obtained by WITN News say Williams was charged with two counts of misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon.

One warrant says on Sunday Williams hit Douglas Edwards with a beer bottle, hitting him in the head. The second warrant says the football player struck Bailey Hattem on her left arm, also with a beer bottle.

We've posted the warrants online, click the link at the top of the story to view

Tuesday WITN broke the story that the star running back was arrested two weeks ago for resisting a police officer. ECU football coach Skip Holtz said he was only made aware of that arrest around noon, that after a WITN reporter contacted the athletic department about the arrest.

In April the football player was arrested for DWI and underage drinking.

Greenville police say this weekend's assault happened at North Campus Crossing during a party early Sunday morning.

The police report says three victims were approached outside by four men, one who attacked them with a beer bottle. Two of those victims identified Williams as the person who hit them.

Williams was released on a $2500 unsecured appearance bond. His court date is November 19th.


Tuesday's Story

There's even more problems for an East Carolina University football player arrested earlier this year for DWI.

WITN News learned 20-year-old Jonathan Williams was arrested October 5 and charged with resisting an officer. ECU Head Football Coach Skip Holtz said Tuesday the university is also investigating a possible connection between Williams and an incident in Greenville this weekend.

Holtz would only tell us that ECU is investigating what happened this weekend before determining Williams' future with the team.

Williams, who played for J.H. Rose while in high school, was released on a $1,000 bond after his arrest October 5. He has a court date November 5.

The warrant says the running back failed to follow a police officer's order to stay put as they investigated a domestic call. WITN broke that story this morning after getting court documents from the Pitt County courthouse.

Holtz says he learned of the October 5 arrest today around noon, about an hour after a WITN reporter made inquiries about the arrest to the athletic department. (Click the document above to read Holtz's statement about the October 5 arrest.)

Williams played the following weekend after his arrest.

After an open records request, WITN obtained a copy of the Greenville police department arrest report, but that report does not say what happened. The narrative section of the report is blank.

The arrest report also says the 20-year-old Williams was a student at Pitt Community College, not ECU.

In April, Williams was arrested for driving while impaired and underage onsumption of alcohol. He's scheduled to appear in court on those charges January 16.


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  • by Michael Location: Ayden on Nov 24, 2008 at 06:06 AM
    Just Wanted to Say " GO PRIATES " after all the injuries and problems this year. It was said at the beginning of the year that this TEAM would be SPECIAL. Well they are to be able to accomplish what they have NO it has not been pretty and they have keep us on the edge of our seats, but the deserve our support to the Players and Coaches thank you for what you have done. The best is yet to come, 3 games left 3 wins to go.
  • by pirate4everinGreenville Location: Greenville on Nov 14, 2008 at 09:28 AM
    How silly and uninformed can people be? If you had to have a 1200 SAT to get into ECU, or other state school for that matter, about 90 percent of all the students in the last 100 years at ECTC, ECC, and ECU would have NO college education!!! Please, people, read, study, GET YOUR FACTS RIGHT!! 1200 a little was almost enough to earn you an academic scholarship in the 60s and 70s before they changed the scoring routine of the SAT in the early 90s. Come on!
  • by Big T Location: greenville on Nov 6, 2008 at 10:54 AM
    Negative ECU lady, that SAT minimum of 1200 has NEVER been the minimum, I know of kids in ECU on less than a 890 on the old format. Now I agree with you correction of my buddy dave, but when you correct you must do it with fact. There are students here with NO sat score. They are probably the ones driving drunk at 18 and breaking bottles on folks heads. I think the boy is bad news, I am judging him because I don't want what I pay to watch ECU play to go to recuruiting the likes of this hoodlum. Cut the "troublesome youth" loose and give his ride to a kid that will appreciate the chance.
  • by ?? Location: greenville on Nov 3, 2008 at 02:56 PM
    "ECU Lady", You are incorrect about the SAT score. I am currently at ECU now and I got into ecu with a 970 SAT, and I have friends that got in that had lower SAT scores than me. Also, breaking a glass beer bottle over someones head and then hitting a girl with a glass bottle, that is rather low if you ask me. You also said that only God can judge...are you God because it seems your a judging the people on this board (assuming most people have driven with alcohol in their system)
  • by ECU Lady Location: Greenville on Oct 28, 2008 at 06:47 AM
    To Dave: sweetheart, you need more than 2.0 to get into ECU. When I applied (and got in), the minimum SAT score you needed to get in was a 1200. I'm pretty sure they've upped this score since they've changed the SAT. So whatever to you. And to the rest of you who are judging this young man, only God can judge. Yes, he had made his share of mistakes, but who hasn't. Half of you commenting have probably done way worse than "hit someone with a beer bottle" but you just didn't get reported for it. And seeing as how most of are from Greenville and we all know how Greenville gets down, I know most of you have also driven with alcohol in your system at some time or another in your lives. So don't judge him on the same things that you've done just because he happened to get caught. He's not the first football player to be in the media and he won't be the last so....GET OVER IT ALREADY!
  • by Dave Location: Greenville on Oct 27, 2008 at 05:19 PM
    All you need to get into ECU is a 2.0 and you can tell by the players behavior and interviews that they are lucky to have such a high GPA.
  • by Obama 08 4 Prez! on Oct 24, 2008 at 06:58 PM
    It is absolutely laughable what people think their tax money pays for. They will throw it up in any and every post. I just bought a new mail box...did your tax money pay for that? Your tax money WILL pay for Williams in prison if he doesn't realize that the world doesn't owe him anything....and he has a free ride at ECU. All he has to do is play "the good little football player" because folks are getting tired of his tantrums. But then you have people saying don't judge..if you don't tell this young man he is wrong then how do you expect for him to change? If I'm not mistaken in court...don't they have....Judges? If he messes up 43 more times, oh well. He's not my boy, I'll just sit here in my computer chair and shake my head while some of you enable a habitual minor criminal take his record to felon. Congratulations on your new citizen. I hope he does rob you in the future when you knew in the past that he had problems in the present!
  • by deer hunter Location: woods! on Oct 24, 2008 at 04:52 PM
    I'll take it, Anybody can attend ECU. It doesn't take much brain matter to make it at ECU. Who is more desperate your daughter or you? Please post more desperate jokes...
  • by Lisa Location: Greenville on Oct 24, 2008 at 03:57 PM
    This young man should be held accountable and his scholarship should be taken, not to mention whatever funds he has used thus far he should have to repay. He doesnt need to be representing ECU on any aspect. But Im almost positive that he will get a slap on the wrist and will be back playing in no time.
  • by anonymous Location: greenville on Oct 24, 2008 at 02:31 PM
    To Concerned: Your taxes do not pay athletes scholarships. That's all private/donated money from the pirate club. Having said that, his scholarship should be taken away as well as his freedom.
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