Temple player charged in alleged assault in Philly

Associated Press Modified: October 6, 2012 at 9:47 pm •  Published: October 6, 2012
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Temple defensive tackle Kamal Johnson was arraigned Saturday on charges stemming from an alleged assault Sept. 27 on his girlfriend, also a student at the university.

Police spokeswoman Tanya Little said the 20-year-old junior was arraigned on charges including kidnapping, false imprisonment, simple assault, and endangering the welfare of another person. Bail was set at $25,000.

Little said Johnson remained in custody Saturday night.

The 21-year-old girlfriend told police Thursday that she and Johnson had an argument on the phone, that about 11:50 p.m. he forced his way into her apartment near campus, dragged her into the hallway and forced her down the stairs to his apartment. Little did not know if his apartment was in the same building.

The girlfriend told police Johnson accused her of cheating on him, punched her in the back and threw her to the floor where she hit her head. She said he forced her to sit in a chair for more than three hours and refused to let her leave, police said in an emailed statement.

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