The BYU-Idaho student arrested Wednesday allegedly headbutted another student, knocking him onto the floor of the Hart dance studio.
Alan Klein Lauese, 26, has been charged with felony aggravated battery following the alleged incident on Tuesday. If convicted of the charge, he could spend up to 15 years in prison.
According to court documents obtained by Scroll, an officer with the Rexburg Police Department reviewed video of Lauese and the victim standing in a group of students. The officer wrote that both the victim and Lauese were conversing back and forth.
“You then see Alan target (the victim) and intentionally strike him in the head with his own head, knocking him to the ground,” the officer’s statement reads.
The officer then noted that while on the ground, the victim’s leg and arm began twitching.
While at the Public Saftey Office, the officer spoke with the victim who said the alleged attack happened around 2:25 a.m. in the dance studio. The victim said Lauese made a comment about the room being a zoo, according to court documents.
The victim responded, asking Lauese if “that makes him a zookeeper?”
According to the victim’s account to the officer, Lauese then swore at the victim.
Once again, the victim responded, telling Lauese “not to curse and that it won’t help him succeed at life,” according to court documents.
Following this exchange, Lauese allegedly moved towards the victim and struck him on the right side head, directly over the ear, with his own head. The victim fell to the ground.
Documents do not detail if he hit his head during the fall. It also remains unclear if the two knew each other.
The victim told the officer he previously received brain surgery and had concerns the “blow might cause complications or damage,” according to court documents. He further said that, after being directed to the Student Health Center, a physician’s assistant diagnosed him with a concussion.
After speaking with the victim, the officer filed a warrant for Lauese’s arrest. Police arrested him shortly after 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and transported him to the Madison County Jail. Court documents do not detail Lauese’s recollection of events.
Lauese appeared before Magistrate Judge Mark Rammell Thursday morning where the judge set a $20,000 bail. According to court minutes, Rammell did not allow Lauese’s release or a reduction of bond.