Miami Dade College Basketball Star Faces Felony Assault Charges
|via Miami Dade College Athletics|
|Sharks forward Trevor Mbakwe|
But Miami Police have put Mbakwe's Division I basketball career on hold. They arrested Mbakwe April 28 on felony assault charges -- an incident that seems to have gone unnoticed by local media.
According to a police report obtained by the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the charges stem from a team party held April 3 at a Miami apartment complex.
A woman outside the gathering told police that as she walked to her car around 3 a.m., a man rode up to her on a bicycle and tried to pull down her pants. The assailant fractured her cheekbone and ruptured her sinuses during an ensuing struggle and then ran off. The woman picked Mbakwe's photo out of an online Sharks team portrait.
Mbakwe's lawyer, Gregory Samms, hasn't returned a call from Riptide. But he told the Star Tribune that the charges stem from a case of mistaken identity. Mbakwe is back in Minneapolis, awaiting an August 26 court date in Miami.