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Nightclub investigation in State’s Attorney’s hands

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QUINCY (WGEM) -- Quincy Police have wrapped up the criminal investigation into the alleged assault of Jazzpher Evans, 19, at The Barn on April 4.

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QPD released a statement Wednesday revealing that the case has been sent to Adams County State's Attorney Gary Farha for review and consideration of criminal charges.

The incident also sparked an investigation into possible liquor license violations at The Barn. Police said that investigation will finish in the next couple of days, and will be sent to Mayor Kyle Moore for review. Moore is also the city's Liquor Commissioner and could take action against the establishment's liquor license.

Quincy Police launched the investigation after Evans, a Quincy University student, said she was attacked and injured at the nightclub in the early morning of April 4.

During a press conference on April 8 organized by Evan's attorney, Evans recounted the events of the night at The Barn.

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Evans said while she and her friends were standing by the DJ booth she 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.

Jazzpher Evans
(Courtesy of Evans)

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.

During that same press conference, Evans' 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."

Saulter also called on the Quincy Police Department to act more swiftly.

Last week, 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."

Both Evans and the owner of The Barn have previously declined WGEM's request for an on-camera interview.

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