Posted: Jun 11, 2014 9:58 AM by Hunter Robinson, Russell Jones, Rob Krieger
Updated: Jun 11, 2014 6:50 PM
BATON ROUGE - Police arrested LSU defensive back Jalen Mills early Wednesday morning following accusations he knocked a woman out.
Mills posted a $10,000 bond and was released from jail Wednesday afternoon.
Investigators charged the junior with second degree battery for the May 4 incident at an apartment complex on Highland Road. Detectives said the victim and witnesses told police that the victim went to Mills' apartment and knocked on his door, saying she was looking for her friend.
"She was actually looking for her friend and obviously knocked on the wrong door, but did not know him at all," said Cpl. Don Coppola with Baton Rouge Police.
The victim said Mills confronted her, then shut the door in her face. Police said the victim turned to leave, then heard someone say something behind her. When she turned, Mills punched her and she fell unconscious onto the pavement.
Investigators said the victim had a cut on her lip that required sutures to close. Witnesses said they saw the punch happen, and identified Mills as the attacker.
Friends of Mills claim the incident could be a case of mistaken identity.
"He's a real outspoken person, like he cares about others, gives back to the community, he cares about his career and his demeanor, so I don't think he would risk all that to hit a female," said Nicholas Anderson, a friend of Mills.
Detectives said they contacted Mills to talk to him about the incident on May 29, but Mills told them he was in Houston and would not be back until summer school started on June 9. Detectives said they arranged a meeting with Mills for June 10, and texted him a reminder. Police said when they hadn't heard from Mills by Tuesday evening and couldn't reach him by phone, they got a warrant for his arrest.
"This is definitely someone that doesn't respect women I don't think he should be put in the spotlight for the things that he does, especially if he has an attitude such as that one," said Kristalyn Richard, a student at LSU.
LSU Sports Information told News 2 Mills was indefinitely suspended from the team following his arrest. Last season he registered 67 total tackles, 3 sacks and 3 interceptions for the Tigers.