Affidavit details incident that led to suspended BU player’s arrest

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Published: Jul. 18, 2017 at 10:13 PM CDT
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An affidavit released Wednesday details an incident that led to the arrest of a suspended Baylor University football standout.

Defensive back Travon Blanchard, 22, is free on $6,000 bond after his arrest Tuesday evening on a misdemeanor assault/family violence charge stemming from the incident in February in which a woman said she was struck and pushed to the ground during an argument.

Baylor police arrested Blanchard on the Fort Bend County warrant at around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at his duplex in the 2200 block of South University Parks Drive near the campus.

The warrant stems from an incident on Feb. 4 at a Pappadeaux restaurant in Stafford where Blanchard and the woman, identified as his girlfriend, got into an argument and tussled over her car keys.

The initial police report of the incident said Blanchard “began verbally abusing the applicant”, and followed her as she tried to leave the restaurant and then grabbed her hand in an attempt to take her car keys, breaking her cutting the finger “to the point where she was unable to have it stitched.”

But the affidavit submitted for the arrest warrant says the woman also told police that “Blanchard hit her with an open hand near her elbow causing pain and then pushed her to the ground causing pain."

The woman was treated at an emergency room, the affidavit says.

The star defensive back was suspended indefinitely after the university learned of the incident on Feb. 7.

On Feb. 28 Blanchard, whose full name is Garland Travon Blanchard, was named in a protective order that barred him from communicating the woman, and ordered him to stay away from her residence.

“The accusations made against Travon are the same accusations made by the same woman who requested the protective order filed earlier this year,” Waco attorney Michelle Tuegel said in a statement Tuesday night.

“Her initial accusations connected to this arrest were contained in the February 2017 police or event report released earlier this year. The woman alleged that Travon snatched keys out of her hand which she claimed cut her pinky finger in the process. We look forward to representing Travon and bringing out the truth in court."

Blanchard, who was returning for his senior year as an All-Big 12 honoree, remains on suspension.

"Travon Blanchard was suspended from all team activities immediately after learning of allegations made against him in February,” the university said in a statement Tuesday night.

“That status has not changed and he has had no involvement with the program since that time. The university is aware of the arrest made today in connection with the previous allegations against Blanchard and will monitor the developments of this charge for any additional decision regarding his affiliation as a student-athlete."