Former USC athlete wanted by officers, two current Gamecocks cleared of charges

Former USC athlete wanted by officers, two current Gamecocks cleared of charges

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Two USC football players have been cleared of charges while a former Gamecock student-athlete is still wanted by Columbia police for assaulting a man at a Five Points bar.

Investigators determined Jalen Dread, 20, hit the victim multiple times in the face after an argument at the Five Points Saloon on Harden Street.

A warrant for Dread's arrest has been entered into the National Crime Information Center database.

Two current USC football players, who were initially accused in the assault as well, will not face any charges going forward after investigators determined they were not a part of the altercation.

Skai Moore, who is one of the two athletes who will not be charged, released the following statement through his attorney Saturday evening:

"Mr. Moore is pleased that the truth finally has been revealed and that he has been fully cleared of any wrongdoing. He appreciates the thorough investigation by the Columbia Police Department. Fortunately, there were witnesses and a videotape that further vindicated Mr. Moore. However, it is disconcerting that a few media outlets tainted his reputation with sensationalized headlines and misleading information. Mr. Moore demands a strong retraction and formal apology by the parties who perpetuated this false report."

In a previous report, WIS chose to not identify any of the athletes in question because they have not been charged with a crime.

Anyone with any information about the location of Jalen Dread is urged to contact Crimestoppers in any of the following ways:

PHONE: Call 1-888-CRIME SC (888-274-6372)

TEXT: TIPSC plus your tip info to CRIMES (274637)

ONLINE: and email a tip.

Your identity will be kept anonymous, and if your tip leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.

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