KSU basketball player charged with felony and misdemeanor

A Kent State University basketball player has been charged with breaking into an ex-girlfriend’s Campus Pointe apartment on Wednesday morning, assaulting her and damaging her property.

Jarekious D. Bradley, 20, of Memphis, Tenn. — a redshirt freshman guard on the Golden Flashes men’s team — is charged with one count each of aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony, and criminal damaging, a second-degree misdemeanor, for the incident that took place in an apartment in the 1800 block of Ashton Lane in the Campus Pointe apartment complex on S.R. 59 in Franklin Township.

According to the Portage County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a 911 call Wednesday morning saying Bradley had entered the alleged victim’s apartment without permission. Once inside the apartment, Bradley allegedly demanded money he believed the victim owed him and attempted to take it from her purse, the sheriff’s office said.

When the alleged victim tried to stop Bradley, he allegedly shoved her to the ground, injuring her, and damaged her debit card by bending it in half, according to the sheriff’s office. Others who were in the apartment at the time then gave Bradley money and he left the apartment.

Deputies later made contact with Bradley, who was arrested and questioned. He has been cooperating with sheriff’s detectives investigating the incident, according to the sheriff’s office.

Arraigned Thursday in Portage County Municipal Court in Ravenna via video from the Portage County jail, Bradley was ordered held on 10 percent of $25,000 bond, plus a $175,000 signature bond, by Acting Judge Marvin Shapiro, sitting in for Judge Mark Fankhauser.

Assistant Portage County Prosecutor Tim Piero had asked Shapiro to set bond at 10 percent of $200,000 bond because the charges give Bradley “significant incentive … to flee the jurisdiction.”

Defense attorney Errol Can, representing Bradley, countered by saying that Bradley has no criminal history, lives on campus in Kent and will be under the supervision of the KSU athletic department pending trial.

“I don’t think he’s any threat to flee the jurisdiction,” Can said.

Requesting that Shapiro at least place Bradley on electronically-monitored house arrest pending trial, Piero told the judge that the case “arises out of passion,” and “those kinds of situations can go awry.”

Additionally, KSU athletics officials “are not law enforcement. They are not accustomed to tracking and monitoring” people accused of crimes, he argued.

“He would be under strict supervision of the athletic department,” Can replied. “They actually do a very good job with that.”

Shapiro denied Piero’s request, though he did order Bradley to have no contact with the alleged victim or her residence.

A preliminary hearing on the felony charge is set for 9:15 a.m. July 22 in Fankhauser’s courtroom.

In a statement, Alan Ashby, KSU assistant athletic director, said the department was informed of Bradley’s arrest Wednesday.

“The off-the-court conduct of our student-athletes is something we take very seriously, and therefore we are suspending Bradley indefinitely from all team-related activities pending the outcome of the ongoing legal proceedings.” Ashby said. “We will reevaluate his status at the conclusion of those proceedings.”

Bradley, a shooting guard from Memphis East High School, was admitted to KSU in August 2010 on a scholarship. Bradley was a non-qualifier, meaning he paid his own tuition and expenses for the 2010-11 school year, while earning eligibility.

He was supposed to begin playing for KSU this upcoming school year.

Thomas Gallick and Dave O’Brien are reporters for the Record Courier.