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Perry faces charge of domestic violence

Victim injured after stay at ex-Wildcat's apartment, police say
2012-04-22T00:00:00Z 2012-04-22T07:07:06Z Perry faces charge of domestic violenceBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
April 22, 2012 12:00 am  • 

Former Arizona Wildcats basketball player Jesse Perry was arrested on suspicion of felony domestic violence and spent Friday night in the Pima County jail, police said.

Perry was charged with one count of domestic violence aggravated assault, a low-level (Class 4) felony, after police responded to a notification that a woman was hospitalized with injuries that were "obvious but not life-threatening in nature" from an assault. Police said the victim previously had a romantic relationship with Perry.

The UA assisted in finding Perry and helped him turn himself in on Friday evening, police added.

Perry was booked into the jail at 11 p.m. Friday and released to Pretrial Services after a 9 a.m. videoconference Saturday, according to jail records. He was released, and as of Saturday his first court appearance was unknown.

A UA spokesman said coach Sean Miller would not comment and UA athletic director Greg Byrne issued only a short statement Saturday morning.

"The Department of Athletics, the President and the Dean of Students office are fully aware of the situation," Byrne said in his statement. "This matter is in police hands and we will fully cooperate and assist them as needed. At this point we will have no further comment."

Perry, 22, finished his senior season in March but remains enrolled at UA with an expectation of finishing his degree next month. A native of St. Louis, Perry has an 11-month-old daughter, Madison.

Tucson police said they first learned of an incident on Thursday afternoon, after the victim was injured following a stay at Perry's apartment near East Grant Road and North First Avenue that lasted from Wednesday evening until Thursday morning.

At about 3 a.m. Thursday, police said, Perry and the woman began arguing and "at some point, the suspect began to physically assault the victim." Police said the woman suffered several injuries but was able to leave with friends.

Medical staffers told officers that family members took the woman to a hospital, and that she indicated the injuries were the result of an assault. After officers learned Perry had a previous romantic relationship with her, detectives from the police domestic-violence unit joined the investigation.

Perry enrolled at UA in the summer of 2010 after completing a two-year junior college career at John A. Logan College in Cartersville, Ill. He started 25 of 38 games as a junior in 2010-11 and all 35 games for the Wildcats last season.

Listed at 6-foot-7 and 217 pounds in UA's media guide, Perry averaged 12.2 points and 7.5 rebounds per game while averaging 30.4 minutes in 2011-12, playing center most of the time. He was the Wildcats' second-leading rebounder and their third-leading scorer last season.

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