USC defensive back charged with assault, burglary
WEST COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A USC football player has been charged with assault and burglary following an incident that occurred at a home in West Columbia on June 17.
Javon Charleston, a redshirt junior defensive back for the Gamecocks, is facing first-degree burglary and second-degree assault and battery charges after he allegedly grabbed the 19-year-old female victim by the neck and tossed her down a set of stairs, cutting up her knees.
The incident report states that the victim told Lexington County deputies that, after being out with a date and having drinks, she texted Charleston. When Charleston was unable to reach the victim, the victim woke up with Charleston looking over her and her date, who was also in the bed. The victim's date took off and Charleston gave chase.
According to LCSD, Charleston admitted to knowing the code to get inside the residence. He said that he got into a verbal altercation with the victim's date who then fled the residence. Charleston returned to the residence after chasing the victim's date and was not allowed back inside by the victim. Charleston said he was able to gain access to the home by shouldering the door and knocking it off of its hinges. It was at this point when the victim alleges that the assault took place and that Charleston took her phone.
The victim climbed over a backyard fence in an attempt to flee and called for help. Charleston is noted in the incident report as asking the victim if she was "really running."
Charleston told deputies that he had previously lived at the residence, but had no possessions still inside.
Charleston was taken to the Lexington County Detention Center.
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