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QU student speaks publicly for the first time following alleged assault

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QUINCY (WGEM) -- Jazzpher Evans, 19, the Quincy University student who said she was attacked at a local nightclub Sunday morning spoke at a news conference organized by her family's attorney Thursday morning.

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At the press conference in Joliet, Illinois, Evans said, "the night everything happened was one of the scariest moments of my life."

Evans said she thought the night would be a regular night with her friends. But, according to Evans, they went to The Barn, paid $10 to get in, ate some food, and made their way to the DJ booth to request a different song. That's where Evans said the night took a turn.

Jazzpher Evans
(Courtesy of Evans)

Evans said there was nobody at the DJ booth and she and her friends looked over the fence around the booth and continued to stand there.

Evans explained she then saw a man out of the corner of her eye approach her. Evans alleged that the man, who she says is the owner of the club, shoved her against the wall and held her there.

Evans added she said to the man, "please don't grab me like that" and put her hand up to defend herself.

Evans said the man then began to scream at her and told her to "get the F out." Evans also claimed the man spit in her face, grabbed her, and threw her to the ground.

Evans said he then picked her up and began choking her. She said she felt herself passing out as her friend begged the man to stop and said, "that's a girl, don't do that to her."

Evans said she then woke up outside on the ground bleeding. She said she walked over to some nearby police officers and tried the explain the situation. She said they would not help her and she eventually left.

She said someone offered her and her friend a ride home and they spent the night in her room, "crying for hours."

Evans said, "I'm glad that I can get this story out here because of all the people that have come out and expressed to me and my family that this guy has terrorized them."

"I wanna make sure no one else has to suffer at the hands of this person," she said.

The family's attorney, Keenan J. Saulter of Saulter Law P.C. in Homewood, Illinois, said the nightclub had cameras pointed in the direction of where the "attack occurred," but he questions how fast the Quincy Police Department acted to secure the evidence and whether or not any evidence was destroyed.

Saulter stopped short of alleging anything improper on behalf of the Quincy Police Department, but he said he does have significant concerns.

Saulter said everything should have been caught on video, but added, "if you are relying on the individual who was the perpetrator of the attack, who's also the owner, to preserve video of him committing a violent felony. So, we're concerned the video doesn't exist."

On Wednesday, Quincy Police Chief Rob Copley said that officers were watching police body camera video and security camera video from the bar. He said they were also interviewing multiple witnesses.

Copley also asked anyone with information or video to come forward calling it a "complex investigation."

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Saulter also said that Evans had made the decision not to return to Quincy University as a result of the incident.

Saulter said Evans was attending Quincy University, playing on the women’s basketball team on a full athletic scholarship, and was a bio-chem major with aspirations of becoming a geneticist after pursuing her master’s degree.

"All of that was taken away from her," Saulter said. "Along with being physically battered, psychologically traumatized."

Saulter said Evans and her family now have to figure out how to transition to another school.

Saulter wrapped up the news conference by calling on the Quincy Police Department to act more swiftly.

"The Quincy Police Department needs to hold this man accountable. I would suspect and I would argue that they've got all the evidence they need to charge him," Saulter said. "Our goal and our demand, quite frankly, is accountability. She's a victim."

A WGEM News reporter approached the owner of The Barn Thursday and asked him for a comment. He referred the reporter to his lawyer, but he declined to share his lawyer's name or contact information.

Evans, per her attorney's advice, would not answer reporters' follow-up questions during Thursday's news conference. She has also declined WGEM News' request for an on-camera interview.

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