Wildcats’ Perry arrested on assault charge

Former University of Arizona basketball player Jesse Perry was arrested Friday by Tucson police and charged with felony domestic violence after a woman was briefly hospitalized with injuries she said were caused by Perry.

According to the police report, a woman on Friday was treated for injuries that were not considered life-threatening and released from the hospital the same day. Police investigating the injuries said they “learned that the suspect of the assault had previously had a romantic relationship with the victim, making the assault domestic violence in nature.”

According to the report, the woman had been at Perry’s apartment early Thursday morning when they began arguing. Perry then assaulted and injured the woman before she was able to leave with friends, according to the police. No additional details about the incident have been released.

Perry, 22, turned himself in to police on Friday and was charged with domestic violence/aggravated assault. He was booked into Pima County Jail.

Perry, a 6-foot-7, 217-pound forward who just completed his senior season, was Arizona’s third-leading scorer with an average of 12.2 points per game. He was second on the team with 7.5 rebounds per game and led the Wildcats with an average of 0.6 blocked shots for the 36 games he started.

In a statement release Saturday morning, Arizona athletic director Greg Byrne said:

“The Department of Athletics, the President and the Dean of Students office are
fully aware of the situation. This matter is in police hands and we will fully
cooperate and assist them as needed. At this point we will have no further
comment.”

The arrest caps a tumultuous month for the Wildcats. Freshman point guard Josiah Turner, who had started 17 games but was disciplined several times over the course of the season, announced plans to transfer, and backup center Kyryl Natyazhko left the program to pursue a professional career in Europe.