Former Lawrence North basketball star Greg Oden arrested for battery

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Former Lawrence North Basketball star and current NBA player Greg Oden was booked into the Marion County Jail this morning.

He was taken into custody in Lawrence at 5 a.m.

He has been booked on two preliminary charges - one Class A misdemeanor for battery with injury and one Class B misdemeanor for battery.

The probable cause affidavit states that a witness claims Oden punched a female victim in the face. An officer observed "blood, swelling to the nose, lacerations to the forehead and nose area of the victim's face."

The victim advised officers that she fell but was unable to advise when and where. The affidavit also states that the "victim was very uncooperative."

"It's a chaotic, traumatic situation for the victim, so they are trained to look past that, develop the case holistically for what it is," said Lawrence Police Capt. Gary Woodruff.

Oden told police he had dated the victim for two years, but the couple had been broken up for about two months.

A relative who lives at the residence told police she was awakened by Oden and the victim arguing. She told police that "every time the two visit and go out, there is an argument to follow."

Oden told police: "Things got out of control and I started to go after the victim. My relative and witness tried to hold me back, but as I swung my arms to move them out of the way, then punched the victim in the face. I was wrong and I know what has to happen."

Woodruff said he thinks Oden fully understood what was going on and the ramifications to it.

"He was cooperative with our officers at the scene," Woodruff said. "Sometimes making an arrest is the best resource, sometimes it's not. But in this case, the officers felt making an arrest based on the probable cause was the best course of action."

Oden's mother told Eyewitness News she didn't want to talk about the incident at the house.

Oden was taken to the Marion County Jail Thursday afternoon, where he was fitted with a GPS device on his ankle. He left the jail shortly after 6:30 p.m. with his attorney.

Oden most recently played for the Miami Heat, but he was released to free agency. The L.A. Clippers had plans to bring him in for a workout.

We have reached out to Oden's agent and the Miami Heat, but so far, they have not responded.

Read the incident report here.

Probable cause:

On 08/07/14 at approximately 0332hrs. Officer Harris with L.P.D. was radio dispatched to a disturbance located at 7237 Maple Bluff Pl. Upon arrival Officer Harris observed assisting Officer Whaley speaking with the male half later identified as Gregory Oden outside the residence. Officer Harris entered the residence and made contact with the female half later identified as the victim. The victim was laying on the sofa in the sitting area, with blood on her face. Officer Harris made contact with a witness who was standing in the sitting area yelling and crying.

The witness is the victim's best friend. The witness stated while crying, "he punched her in the face, my hand hurts and I just want to go home". Officer Harris asked where was home, the witness responded stating "Oregon".

Officer Harris observed blood, swelling to the nose, lacerations to the forehead and nose area of the victims face. Officer Harris observed blood on the sofa and floor in the sitting area. Officer Harris observed on the living room carpet dirt from a flower pot that was knocked over. A relative to Gregory Oden at the residence advised the victim to put pants on under her dress. The victim went to an upstairs bedroom and laid [sic] across the bed crying and holding her face.

EMS responded but the victim refused medical treatment. The witness entered the room stating "there isn't that much love in the world; you need to tell that he punched you in the face".

The victim advised Officer Harris that she fell but was unable to advise when and where. The victim was very uncooperative.

Officer Harris spoke with the relative who stated she was awaken by Gregory Oden and the victim arguing. The relative stated every time the two visit and go out, there is an argument to follow.

Officer Harris exited the residence and asked assisting Officer Whaley what was stated to him by Gregory Oden. Gregory Oden interrupted stating calmly, "things got out of control and I started to go after the victim. My relative and witness tried to hold me back, but as I swung my arms to move them out of the way, then punched the victim in the face". Gregory Oden advised "I was wrong and I know what has to happen".

Gregory Oden advised he has dated the victim for approximately two years but broke up approximately two months ago. Gregory Oden was calm, apologetic and cooperative advising he takes full responsibility for his action. Officer Harris placed Gregory Oden in custody and requested a wagon, who transported Gregory Oden to APC with no further incident.

All above occurred in Marion County, City Of Lawrence.