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Columbia police say Missouri receiver Dorial Green-Beckham will not be arrested

  • The Kansas City Star
  • Published Thursday, April 10, 2014, at 12:57 p.m.
  • Updated Thursday, April 10, 2014, at 9:08 p.m.

Columbia Police have completed an investigation into an alleged burglary Sunday morning involving Dorial Green-Beckham, but the Missouri wide receiver will not be arrested because the alleged victims declined prosecution.

“Based on the information obtained during the investigation, there will be no arrests made in this case,” read a news release posted on the City of Columbia website Thursday.

Green-Beckham remains indefinitely suspended from the MU football team by coach Gary Pinkel.

According to a Columbia Police report released Thursday, Green-Beckham was looking for his girlfriend around 2:30 Sunday morning when he allegedly forced his way into an apartment in the 300 block of Old Plank Road, where two 18-year-old women live.

One of the residents was expecting company and opened the door, according to the report, but she tried to close it when she saw Green-Beckham, who pushed the door open with enough force that the doorknob made a hole in the drywall.

The other woman who resides at the apartment allegedly was pushed with two hands by Green-Beckham while he went down a flight of stairs looking for his girlfriend, 20. The woman fell down at least four stairs and hit the floor, injuring her wrist, the report says. She had a bruised and swollen right wrist and limited movement of her fingers, but declined medical attention, according to police.

Green-Beckham, 20, then left the apartment with the girlfriend, according to the report.

The girlfriend was quoted in the report as saying “I was in the bathroom, I didn’t hear or see anything.” The report also said the girlfriend was “extremely uncooperative.”

Later Sunday, around 7:30 p.m., both 18-year-old women went to the Columbia Police station. The woman who allegedly was pushed said she had been exchanging text messages with Green-Beckham’s girlfriend all day and no longer wanted to press charges, according to the report.

The alleged victim told police “she was afraid of the media and community backlash since Green-Beckham is a football player for the University of Missouri and is possibly going to be in the NFL Draft soon.”

She also told police she was worried about being harassed or having her property damaged and that she “did not want to deal with the mental stress of the whole ordeal, it was already making her physically sick to think about.”

The other 18-year-old resident told police she didn’t want to press charges because she was “afraid of retaliation against her and her property.”

The girlfriend was quoted in the report as texting the woman who was allegedly shoved: “I’m not sticking up for him but football is really all he has going for him and pressing charges would ruin it for him completely. … I really just want all of us to move past this and not have this happen again by completely being done with him. I can’t do this anymore. Now he’s hurting my friends, not just me.”

Both 18-year-old women filled out forms Sunday night in which they declined prosecution, according to the report. Initially, police applied for a warrant to arrest Green-Beckham for first-degree burglary, but that warrant application was withdrawn when the victims declined to press charges.

The following day, Monday, Green-Beckham’s girlfriend was interviewed by a Columbia police domestic violence investigator.

The girlfriend said in the text message exchange quoted in the police report that Green-Beckham “drug me out by my neck and hurt me” while leaving the apartment Sunday morning. But she told the domestic violence investigator that she was not injured and had walked out of the apartment with Green-Beckham.

When the investigator read back the portion of the text message that mentioned she was hurt, the girlfriend said she had been drinking and didn’t remember texting that.

In another text message quoted in the police report, the girlfriend on Sunday told the woman who was allegedly shoved, “You can do and say whatever you want about this. We just need to move quickly on this before he’s arrested and before his warrant is made public. He will be kicked out of Mizzou and the not qualify for the draft next year. The coaches talked to me and explained … how serious this is and there’s no time to waste at this point.”

Green-Beckham’s girlfriend told the domestic violence investigator on Monday she had not received a call from any Missouri coaches, but that Green-Beckham had relayed that information after talking with his coaches.

A Missouri spokesman also said the coaches had no contact with Green-Beckham’s girlfriend.

She also said in the text message exchange quoted in the police report that “something should be done,” but in a subsequent text message said, “I’m not sticking up for him, but it’s the rest of his life. He deserves to pay somehow but without football he really does have nothing. He wouldn’t have nothing. He wouldn’t make it in a real job. He’d be (in) the streets and in prison like his brothers.”

In another text message quoted in the report, Green-Beckham’s girlfriend asked the woman who was allegedly shoved to “not have him arrested” and suggested telling the police “everything is fine,” that the involved parties had “all had a lot to drink.”

She said in another text quoted in the report that “all his dad is asking is to let the police know that you aren’t pressing charges. That’s all he needs before this investigation happens.”

She said time was running out and that he would pay for any damages before urging in another text message, “Please do something quickly it’s going to be a disaster. I know you’re upset but this is a huge deal. Please work with him and his family.”

Attempts to reach Green-Beckham were unsuccessful. A message left with Green-Beckham’s father, John Beckham, who is the high school football coach at Springfield Hillcrest, was not returned.

When Pinkel announced Green-Beckham’s suspension on Monday, he said, “We’ll work with him during this process.”

A message left with the Boone County prosecutor’s office also was not returned. It is unclear if the prosecutor’s office reviewed the case or could follow through with charges despite the victims’ wishes.

This is not Green-Beckham’s first scrape with police in his time with the Tigers.

Green-Beckham and three teammates were arrested for misdemeanor possession of less than 35 grams of marijuana in a parking lot near Memorial Stadium in October 2012. All four later pleaded guilty to second-degree trespassing.

Three months ago, Green-Beckham was arrested on alleged possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, a felony. He was riding in a car that was stopped for an expired tag in Springfield, and a search of the vehicle turned up nearly one pound of suspected marijuana.

Another passenger in the car said the marijuana was his, but charges remain pending as Springfield police await state lab results.

To reach Tod Palmer, call 816-234-4389 or send email to tpalmer@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/todpalmer.

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