NORMAN — An OU football player was charged with first-degree burglary and two assault charges Monday in Cleveland County District Court.
Jacob Austin Reed, 23, allegedly forced his way into his ex-girlfriend’s Norman home with the intent of assaulting her, according to the charges filed. Reed is an offensive lineman walk-on from Ardmore and has been suspended indefinitely from the team.
According to the probable cause affidavit, Reed broke into the home with a crowbar Sunday. When police responded, they saw a man running from the scene and when officers contacted him, “he ran up screaming for help and saying that he was running for his life,” the affidavit said.
The man told police he was visiting when Reed broke into the residence, chased them upstairs and then forced entry into the woman’s locked bedroom, at which point Reed began to assault him. He told police that Reed’s punches grazed his left ear during the altercation and he was escaped when the homeowner intervened, the affidavit said.
The woman, Paris Littlechild, told police that while she was trying to keep Reed from attacking her visitor, she was struck in the nose and chest by Reed.
When the man fled, Reed pursued him and said, “I’m going to kill him,” Littlechild told police.
Littlechild told police she and Reed had been in a dating relationship since high school and had recently ended their relationship, the affidavit said.
She advised of previous domestic violence but, when questioned further, would not elaborate. She said that she wanted to break up with Reed for a while but had avoided it because she was afraid of him, the affidavit said.
When police contacted Reed, he admitted to going to Littlechild’s apartment, seeing her with the other man and striking the man.
District Attorney Greg Mashburn told the Associated Press a warrant had been issued for Reed’s arrest on what he described as “very serious charges.” He said the burglary charge is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
A native of Ardmore, the 309-pound, 6-foot 4-inch Reed played in one game for the 16th-ranked Sooners last year.