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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