Las Vegas police to seek charges against 'Pacman' Jones
LAS VEGAS -- Tennessee Titans star Adam "Pacman" Jones could face felony and misdemeanor charges stemming from a triple shooting at a strip club in February.
Police are seeking a felony charge of coercion and misdemeanor threat and battery charges against the cornerback in the 5 a.m. shooting at Minxx, Lt. George Castro said Monday.
Castro said detectives haven't determined who fired the shots that wounded three people, one critically, outside the Las Vegas club during the NBA All-Star game weekend.
Castro said the request for charges will be submitted to Clark County district attorney David Roger no later than the end of the week. Roger will be asked to consider charges against 23-year-old Jones; Robert Reid, 37, of Carson, Calif.; and Sadia Morrison, 24, of New York. Castro described Reid and Morrison as friends of Jones.
"These three people were involved in the altercation inside the club. We're still working on the shooting outside the club," Castro said.
No arrest warrants have been issued, and an investigation will continue into whether another person might have been involved and fired the shots.
Police recommended Reid face felony coercion and misdemeanor battery charges, Castro said. Morrison, arrested the morning of the shooting and charged with battery with a deadly weapon, a bottle, would face an additional felony coercion charge, Castro added.
Castro said the coercion charge stemmed from allegations that Jones, Reid and Morrison used force "to prevent security officers from protecting the public, employees and property" inside the club.
Roger said he has reviewed some of the police investigation but it was "premature to comment on the merits of the case until I read all their reports."
The Titans said in a statement it would be inappropriate to comment on a continuing investigation and pending charges.
Castro characterized Jones as an instigator of a scuffle inside the club that led to the shooting outside.
"Was he an inciter? Yes, he was," Castro said.
Lawyers for Jones have denied Minxx club co-owner Robert Susnar's account that Jones arrived and left the club with the shooter. After 500 hours of reviewing videotapes and interviewing witnesses from the club, Castro said police were unable to establish a relationship between Jones and the shooter.
Jones was questioned by Las Vegas police and released.
One of Jones' attorneys, Manny Arora of Atlanta, told ESPN News that Jones was most concerned about the NFL's reaction to charges that have not yet been filed.
"He's reacting like anybody would, he's obviously very upset about it," Arora said. "He's got enough issues with the NFL threatening to take disciplinary action, then you throw this on top of it."
He said he was most concerned that a new player conduct policy being discussed by NFL owners would retroactively punish Jones.
"Our biggest concern is what the NFL is going to do, then we'll deal with an arrest if there is one in the future," Arora said.
Robert Langford, a Las Vegas-based lawyer for Morrison, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Police said they did not know if Reid had an attorney.
Two club security guards and an unidentified woman were wounded in the shooting. Guard Tom Urbanski, who was paralyzed from the waist down, was transferred last week to a rehabilitation hospital in Englewood, Colo. The other guard and the woman were not seriously wounded.
"I hope and pray and believe arrests will follow," said Matthew Dushoff, who represents 43-year-old guard Urbanski.
Titans officials, in Phoenix for the NFL owners' meetings, could not immediately be reached for comment.
The pre-dawn shooting followed a scuffle that broke out in the club when dancers on stage were showered with thousands of dollar bills, according to a police search warrant.
Susnar has said the shooting happened after Jones threatened to kill a bouncer, who the club owner said intervened when Jones allegedly attacked a dancer who grabbed money on the stage.
Police later reported confiscating $81,000 in cash belonging to Jones. The money was recovered from a safe in the hotel room of Houston-based promoter Chris Mitchell, whose "Harlem Knights" dancers were brought in for the weekend at Minxx, a club several blocks west of the Las Vegas Strip.
The NFL confirmed last month that officials were reviewing Jones' off-field conduct, which has included 10 incidents where he was interviewed by police.
Jones was not welcome to take part in the team's offseason conditioning program, which began last week.
The Titans are trying to decide whether to keep Jones, the sixth pick overall in 2005. The cornerback did not tell team officials about being arrested twice in Georgia in 2006 -- a potential violation of the personal conduct policy.
In January, a Tennessee judge ordered Jones to stay out of trouble until July 5, 2007, to have public intoxication and disorderly conduct charges from an August 2006 arrest in the Nashville suburb of Murfreesboro, Tenn., expunged.
Jones also has charges pending from a February 2006 Georgia case, in which he's accused of biting a Fayetteville police officer between his thumb and index finger. Jones was charged with felony obstruction of police. On March 13, a Georgia judge delayed a court appearance in that case to give Jones' attorneys time to determine how the NFL might react to a potential plea agreement.
In a statement Monday, Titans officials said they were "deeply disturbed that the alleged conduct of one of its players has resulted in felony charges in one state and accusations of felony charges in another state."
Associated Press Sports Writer Teresa M. Walker in Nashville contributed to this report.
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