State authorities have closed their investigation of a Depot District business where the owner said a couple of underage Texas Tech football players duped servers into selling them alcohol.
Lt. Brian Williams, spokesman for the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, confirmed Wednesday the close of the investigation into last weekend’s incident at the Firehouse Grill and Bar, 1719 Buddy Holly Ave.
Reports from the incident show the bar owner said Jace Amaro, a 19-year-old Tech football player, used a fake ID early Friday morning to purchase two rounds of drinks.
“We pulled the reports on that (case) but we don’t have anything as of yet right now to indicate the bar did anything wrong,” Williams said.
In cases of fraudulent IDs, the commission will look at the quality of the ID and see if it should have raised the bar’s employees’ suspicions, Williams said.
Firehouse employees followed all the proper procedures — such as contacting the Lubbock Police Department — once they discovered possible deception, Williams said.
The police report indicates Amaro and a friend used a debit card belonging to another individual.
Amaro and Tech running back Kenny Williams, 19, were arrested because they “did not have the effective consent of the cardholders,” according to a police report.
A 22-year-old is listed on the report as the cardholder.
The police investigation into the debit card issue is ongoing, said a representative from the Lubbock County Criminal District Attorney’s Office.
Amaro and Williams were released last weekend on their own recognizance, meaning they did not have to post bail.
On Tuesday, both players denied any wrongdoing in prepared statements released by their respective attorneys.
A Tech athletics spokesman said the players went home for spring break, and, like the rest of the team, will report back Monday.
Blayne Beal, Tech associate athletics director, said both players have been interviewed by athletics officials, but he did not disclose what was discussed.
He said the athletic department will not make any rash decisions and will cooperate fully with the Police Department’s investigation.
Amaro and Williams remain on the team, Beal said.
The players, both highly touted recruits for the 2011 class, were charged with two state jail felony counts. Amaro also was charged with a misdemeanor count of misrepresentation of age.
A state jail felony is punishable by 180 days to two years in prison and a fine not to exceed $10,000.
To comment on this story:
firstname.lastname@example.org • 766-8723
email@example.com • 766-8706