Former Penn State Football Player Curtis Enis Charged with Simple Assault
This story has been updated to reflect the correct date of the alleged incident. It occurred on Oct. 22, not Oct. 21 as initially stated.
Former Penn State and Chicago Bears running back Curtis Enis was charged Wednesday with two counts of misdemeanor simple assault and two counts of summary harassment stemming from an October incident in downtown State College.
Enis allegedly punched one man in the face and tackled another to the ground outside a bar.
According to the criminal complaint filed by State College Police, at around 12:30 a.m. on Oct. 22, officers responded to a report of an assault occurring near the parking lot behind the Lion's Den, 118 S. Garner St. Officers were told the suspect had punched a man in the face.
The bar owner and staff members, who said they knew Enis personally, reportedly pointed out Enis, 40, of Bradford, Ohio, as the suspect and after being handcuffed by police he was identified by his Ohio driver's license. Police say Enis was calm and cooperative and told officers that he had been attacked and was trying to defend himself. He added that he was trying to get away from the situation, according to the complaint.
Enis had lost both of his shoes and was just in his socks, police said. He reportedly had a small scrape on his left hand but no other injuries.
Two men, who police say did not know each other, told officers that they had been injured by Enis. The first man reportedly said he was in line to get into the Lion's Den when Enis walked by him and said "It's not worth it." When the man turned to ask Enis what he had said, Enis allegedly punched him in the face then fled toward Calder Way.
Police say bar staff attempted to restrain Enis but could not. Enis allegedly then ran toward another man in the alley and tackled him to the ground before fleeing to the parking lot.
The second man told police "he had no idea why Enis tackled him," and that he did not know Enis or the other man, according to the complaint. He reportedly sustained a ligament injury in his right knee because of the alleged assault and required surgery.
Bar staff and the owner confirmed the accounts of the two men, according to the complaint, and said that Enis had swung at several of them during the incident.
Enis was arraigned by summons. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Feb. 1.
Enis played for Penn State from 1995 to 1997. He was an All-American running back as a junior in 1997, after which he declared for the NFL Draft. He was selected with the fifth pick in the first round by the Chicago Bears, where he played for three seasons before retiring due to knee injuries.