Purdue offensive lineman Martesse Patterson is facing a a felony battery charge according to the Lafayette Journal & Courier, after he was arrested Wednesday for allegedly assaulting a former teammate. The purported incident took place earlier this month and it supposedly involved former Boilermaker walk-on Alex Hilger.
Hilger says he was punched by Patterson on Sept. 7 and it resulted in a broken jaw. Hilger filed a report with police on Sept. 11. He played in 12 games last year as a walk-on on special teams and left the team in May.
From the Journal & Courier:
Hilger alleged that on Sept. 7, Patterson entered Hilger’s room at their residence in the 800 block of Hayes Street in West Lafayette “to borrow some property.” Hilger told Patterson he was not allowed to borrow the property, but Patterson took it anyway and returned to his room.
When Hilger approached Patterson to retrieve his possession, Patterson punched him in the face, according to the affidavit. Hilger sought treatment at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis after sustaining a broken jaw requiring a two-day hospital stay. The affidavit cites medical records showing Hilger suffered a “displaced fracture of the left mandible and a non-displaced fracture of the right mandible.”
On Sept. 19, West Lafayette police Detective Matthew S. Coddington spoke with Patterson, who admitted taking the property and striking Hilger in the face.
Patterson is a redshirt sophomore and had started the first two games of the season at left tackle before not playing over the weekend against Nevada. He also appeared in 11 games last season and recorded three starts.