No arrests have been made in the ongoing Texas Tech police investigation into an aggravated assault involving future Red Raider Nigel Bethel II that left Lady Raider Amber Battle suffering serious injury.
A Tech official said Battle is seeing team physicians Monday to determine the severity of her injuries.
Tech police investigators are gathering evidence to present to the Lubbock County District Attorney, who will decide what charges to file in the case, said Capt. Steven Hinkle with the Texas Tech University Police Department.
Tech police confirmed an investigation at Tech’s Student Recreation Center after a reported fight between Bethel and Battle.
A Texas Tech police officer arrived at about 6 p.m. at the Student Recreation Center regarding an aggravated assault, according to a police summary. A student struck another student in the face, causing serious bodily injury.
A Texas Tech police offense report released Monday afternoon identifies Battle as the victim of the assault.
However, a suspect in the attack was not identified. Furthermore, the report states the suspect was released pending the filing of charges with the Lubbock County District Attorney’s Office.
Hinkle said arrests depend on the circumstances of each case.
“We didn’t have all the details (at the time),” he said.
Bethel, an incoming cornerback for the Red Raiders, was dismissed from the Tech’s football team on Sunday, according to a university officials.
Aggravated assault is a second-degree felony that carries a punishment including a prison sentence of up to two to 20 years and a fine up to $10,000, according to the Texas Penal Code.
Battle was the Lady Raiders’ leading scorer last season, averaging 16.4 points per game. She also averaged a team-high 7.4 rebounds. She’s a 5-foot, 9-inch guard from Albuquerque, New Mexico, and has one year of eligibility remaining.
Bethel is a 5-foot, 9-inch cornerback from Miami, Florida, Booker T. Washington High School. He signed with Tech in February and was one of the team’s more highly regarded freshmen.
A voicemail for Bethel seeking comment was not returned and attempts to reach him were unsuccessful.