Kansas University police now are associating two crimes with a public fight that broke out between members of the football and men’s basketball teams.
Officers have opened a disorderly conduct investigation into last week’s melee outside Burge Union, KU Public Safety Office Maj. Chris Keary said Thursday. Initially, police said the incident — which involved as many as 100 people — was not being investigated as a crime.
Less than an hour after the fight, police said, a man threatened to shoot a woman in a parking lot outside the nearby Jayhawker Towers, an on-campus apartment complex which is home to many student athletes. That crime has now also been linked by police to the Sept. 22 brawl.
“There was some relationship between what was going on at the Towers,” Keary said. “We do believe they were connected.”
Surveillance video obtained by 6News and the Lawrence Journal-World shows dozens of people in the parking lot of the union at the time of the fight, though individual team members cannot be identified.
After the melee — which occurred about 6:30 p.m. and left KU basketball player Tyshawn Taylor with a dislocated thumb — the crowd is seen scattering, just before a police vehicle shows up with its lights on. No arrests have been made, or citations issued, in the case, police and the city prosecutor’s office said.
According to police reports, the dispute apparently spilled across the street to the Towers’ parking lot.
Guy Lipscomb, 19, was arrested and later charged with two counts of criminal threat for allegedly threatening a current and a former track athlete, court documents state.
Lipscomb, who is not a student at KU, was released from Douglas County Jail on $3,000 bond. On Tuesday, his case was set for an Oct. 20 preliminary hearing, court records state.
The female victims of the criminal threat also were associated with a July 25 battery report at Jayhawker Towers, according to police reports.
One of the women was the victim of the battery and received minor injuries. The other witnessed the incident.
Police cited Andrea Johnson, 25, for a charge of misdemeanor battery in that case. She was granted a diversion on Sept. 15 in Lawrence Municipal Court and has been fined $300, the city prosecutor’s office said Thursday.
Miami Heat basketball player Mario Chalmers, a former KU basketball star, was listed as another witness to the incident. It occurred while Chalmers was in town for a golf fundraiser at Alvamar Country Club. Chalmers and Johnson are parents of a child, according to court records.