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Columbus Police: Carlos Hyde won’t face charges in alleged assault case

OSU junior running back Carlos Hyde runs the ball in an Oct. 6 game against Nebraska in Ohio Stadium. Hyde ran the ball for 140 yards and four touchdowns on 28 attempts. OSU won, 63-38.

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Ohio State senior running back Carlos Hyde will not face charges for a reported assault at a Columbus bar more than a week ago.

The assault reportedly happened at Sugar Bar 2, located at 303 S. Front Street, at about 2:00 a.m. on July 20, according to Sgt. Richard Weiner of the Columbus Police Department.

The alleged victim met with Columbus Police July 27 and informed officers she was not going to press charges against Hyde, Weiner said.

Weiner told The Lantern further action regarding Hyde will not be taken by CPD.

“The case is closed,” Weiner said.

A copy of the raw surveillance video from the bar was obtained by The Lantern Tuesday afternoon where it appears Hyde engaged in an altercation with the alleged victim but it is unclear if physical contact was made by either of them.

Hyde was suspended indefinitely by coach Urban Meyer July 22 after he was named a “person of interest” in the alleged assault case.

An OSU athletic spokesman said Tuesday the football program has no information that can be shared.

The alleged victim released a statement to NBC4 Tuesday, explaining why she decided not to press charges.

“Some of the media has rushed to judgment regarding the incident to ensure they are the first to report the information, whether it be factual or false,” the statement said, according to NBC4’s website. “This has been overwhelming, frustrating and disappointing. It is unimaginable to be exposed to these false reports, claims and rumors and for anticipated 4 months expected to bring this incident to a conclusion.”

The alleged victim also thanked Columbus Police for the officers’ “patience and professionalism” during the investigation process. She said police told her she has up to two years to consider criminal charges against Hyde.

Hyde did not respond to The Lantern’s request for comment Tuesday afternoon.

If reinstated, Hyde is expected to be a starter for the Buckeyes this season. He led the team with 16 rushing touchdowns and finished second overall with 970 rushing yards during OSU’s undefeated 2012 season.

Hyde was also named to the 2013 preseason Doak Walker Award watch list, an award given to the top college football running back.

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