An Arizona college football player is charged in what authorities say was an orchestrated assault on a Minnesota high school basketball star.
Jabari Javon Marshall, a 19-year-old sophomore at Northern Arizona University, is charged with second- and third-degree assault, the Carver County Sheriff's Office says, in connection with the attack on Oliver Smith, a senior at Waconia High School who is committed to the Naval Academy.
Smith was attacked at a church parking lot in Chanhassen in the early morning of Oct. 11, and police say he was lured there by an adolescent female who told Smith she wanted to discuss a "personal matter." Shortly after Smith arrived, police say a man in black clothing began hitting him with a souvenir baseball bat, striking him multiple times in the head.
Smith told police he fought back and managed to wrestle the bat away, and the suspect fled.
At that point, the juvenile female brought Smith to Two Twelve Medical Center in Chaska, where he was treated and released, police say.
Marshall, who lives in Flagstaff, Arizona but is originally from Washington, was interviewed by investigators in Arizona, shortly after the incident.
According to the sheriff's office, investigators quickly determined Marshall and the young female knew each other, and that the two arranged the assault after Marshall said Smith "needed to be taken care of" because he "did not treat [the girl] right."
The Associated Press reports Marshall plans to plead not guilty.
Carver County deputies are working with Arizona authorities to arrest Marshall and bring him to Minnesota.