OAKLAND -- A UC Berkeley football player was charged Monday in connection with a felony assault on a fellow student who will likely need reconstructive surgery after being punched at least three times in the face, according to court documents.
The Alameda County District Attorney's office charged 20-year-old Damariay Drew with assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury and an enhancement alleging he caused great bodily injury. Drew, a sophomore safety who graduated from Livermore High School, has been suspended from the team pending the investigation.
During an afternoon fundraiser May 4 at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon house at 2722 Bancroft Way, Drew and the victim "exchanged words," according to a sworn affidavit from Berkeley police Sgt. Peter Hong. The victim had his dog, a 20-pound Jack Russell terrier mix, with him.
"The victim said Drew kicked the dog. Drew said the dog had bit him. The victim said Drew threatened, 'I'm going to (expletive) you up,'" Hong wrote in the affidavit.
The victim told officers Drew punched him at least three times, resulting in a fractured jaw, police said. Hong's affidavit said the injury would likely require reconstructive surgery.
The victim sought medical attention, then filed a report with police on Tuesday, according to Berkeley police spokeswoman Jennifer Coats. Two witnesses identified Drew as the person who had punched the victim and gave accounts consistent with the victim's story, Hong wrote.
Drew, who is from Livermore, was arrested Thursday afternoon by Berkeley police and held on $100,000 bail, which he posted Saturday, police said.
He was slated to be in court for an arraignment on Monday afternoon, but the hearing was postponed until Friday. Drew's attorney, Darryl Stallworth, was not available for comment Monday.
Drew, a star player at Livermore High, started three games and played in all 12 games for the Bears last season after sitting out his freshman year.
"We are aware of the incident involving Damariay Drew. We are tracking the case and fully cooperating with the Berkeley Police Department in its investigation," the athletic department said in a statement last week.
Cal coach Sonny Dykes had no comment.
Staff writer Jeff Faraudo contributed to this report. Follow Kristin J. Bender at Twitter.com/kjbender.