Former Bay Area high school football star Joe Mixon is the subject of a police investigation for alleged aggravated assault in Norman, Oklahoma, where he is a freshman on the Oklahoma football team.
The alleged victim, a 20-year-old female student at the university, told The Oklahoman that Mixon punched her in the face at a deli early Friday morning, breaking four bones.
Kevin Finlay, an attorney in Norman, confirmed to this newspaper that he was contacted by Mixon shortly after the incident.
"We've been fully cooperating with the authorities, and Joe is looking forward to the truth coming out," Finlay said.
Finlay said that, contrary to previous reports, the police were not actively looking for Mixon, a former Freedom High-Oakley star.
"I had heard it had escalated to a manhunt, and that's absolutely not true," Finlay said. "I've been in constant contact with the authorities, and when requested, Joe will be made available to them."
A spokesman for the Norman police department told this newspaper that officers responded to a reported aggravated assault at Pickleman's Gourmet Deli near campus at 2:40 a.m. Friday. No one was arrested.
"Because it is an active investigation, I'm not at liberty to discuss information about the victim or the suspect," Major J.D. Younger said in a phone interview.
According to The Oklahoman, the police report identified the alleged victim as Amelia Rae Molitor, a 20-year-old OU student from Euless, Texas.
Molitor told The Oklahoman she had never seen Mixon before he punched her in the face. She said Mixon was "harassing" her and some of her friends at Pickleman's before the incident. "He punched me one time," she said. "He broke my face in four places ... my nose, my sinuses ... they're broken."
Molitor said she plans to take legal action against Mixon, and added that she fears the wrath of OU fans. "That's my big fear," she said. "I've been told to stay off of social media to avoid (OU fans) coming after me on there."
A spokesman for the Oklahoma athletic department said the university is aware of the incident.
"We are aware of this matter and it is under review. We take these reports very seriously," according to a department statement.
The Oklahoma State Courts Network website said an assault or battery is classified as aggravated when "great bodily injury is inflicted upon the person assaulted; or when committed by a person of robust health or strength upon one who is aged, decrepit, or incapacitated, as defined in Section 641 of this title."
It is punishable in Oklahoma by up to five years in prison or $500 in fines, or both.
Mixon was celebrating his 18th birthday on Thursday night, according to SoonerScoop.com, an Oklahoma football website.
Mixon, who rushed for 1,704 yards and 23 touchdowns last fall at Freedom, was Oklahoma's top recruit in 2014. OU quarterback Trevor Knight tweeted birthday wishes to Mixon on Thursday, calling him "The Next Big Thing in Norman!"