Police: TTU Football player involved in assault at Bash Riprock' - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Police: TTU Football player involved in assault at Bash Riprock's

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Detectives with the Lubbock Police Department are investigating an assault that happened Saturday at 1:45 a.m. at Bash Riprock's sports bar.

According to a police report, the first victim of the assault claims an unnamed first suspect, a Texas Tech University football player, approached him.

The victim says the suspect tried speaking to him, but because of the music, the victim could not hear what the suspect was saying. The suspect became angry and grabbed the victim by his shirt and shoved him backward, out of the business and into the street. The victim's three friends followed. The police report says once they were outside, the suspect and two other unnamed people began to punch the victim several times in the head. The victim was knocked out.

The police report says a second victim tried to light a cigarette when the TTU football player slapped the cigarette out of the second victim's mouth. A third victim picked up the cigarette and ended up throwing it in the direction of the TTU football player. The report says the football player punched the third victim in the face after an argument.

The fourth victim ran to the third victim and fell to the ground as a large crowd gathered to watch the fight. The third victim went to the fourth victim's side to protect her. The first suspect walked up to victim three and four and used an upper cut style punch to hit victim four, according to the police report.

The suspects left the bar after the fight, and once the victim who was knocked out regained consciousness, all of the victims left.

NewsChannel 11 spoke with a witness who says he saw the fight break out.

The witness tells us he was driving west bound on Main Street around 2 a.m. when he saw three men beating up another man.

The witness says the first victim was knocked out, when it appeared that two friends of the victim ran to help him. One of them was a woman.

The witness says he saw the man who hit the first victim turn around and hit the woman.

Another male comes to help the woman who had been hit and he gets hit as well.

"I'd say he was probably hit two or three times. They were kicking her, throwing her around, while the other guy was just completely unconscious," the witness said.

The victims did not report the assault until 12 hours later. When asked why, the victims said they had been drinking. Three of the four victims are under the age of 21.

The report says three victims had visible injuries, but all three refused medical treatment.

The suspects have not been located.

Police are withholding the identities of those involved pending charges.

Texas Tech Senior Associate Athletics Director Robert Giovannetti released this statement on Monday: "We have been made aware of an alleged incident Friday night. We are gathering facts at this time."

KCBD also reached out to Bash Riprock's for a statement.

A manager at Bash Riprock's tell us they are aware of the situation, and have reached out to TABC.

The manager says TABC is now handling the situation.

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