TPD: 'Investigation complete' in Deondre Francois domestic disturbance

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By: WCTV Eyewitness News
January 24, 2018

Courtesy: FSU Athletics

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Florida State University star quarterback Deondre Francois is listed as the suspect in a police report on a domestic disturbance call. But the report says officers did not have probable cause to make an arrest.

The report details conflicting statements by Francois and his girlfriend about what happened at their apartment on South Lipona Road in Tallahassee Tuesday evening.

Tallahassee police were called to the home by Francois, who told officers his girlfriend was breaking things and tearing up his room.

Francois says he and a friend were watching TV when his girlfriend arrived and they started arguing. He says that's when she started throwing and breaking things and tried to pull a TV off the wall.

Francois told investigators he tried to stop her by picking her up "like a hug" and carrying her outside.

Francois says his girlfriend then began ripping her shirt while stating, "I'm going to call the cops for domestic violence."

Francois' girlfriend told police Francois got upset after his friend tried to talk to her, telling her she could not speak with another guy.

The woman, listed as the victim in the police report, says Francois broke down the bedroom door, picked her up and threw her on the ground, cutting her forearm.

She also told investigators she was nine weeks pregnant, and Francois knew about the pregnancy.

The report says the girlfriend told police she did not want to press charges and did not want to get Francois into "trouble trouble" but did want officers to speak with him to "scare him a little."

Francois' friend, a fellow FSU football player who was watching TV with him just before the incident, offered a statement backing up Francois' version of events.

The incident report concludes by saying based on the conflicting statements and lack of independent witnesses, officers were unable to make an arrest for battery.

TPD spokesman Damon Miller says the department's investigation into the incident is complete and they will not be assigning an investigator nor investigating further.

FSU athletics confirmed to WCTV on Thursday that "There has been no change in his status," with the Seminoles football team.

To view the redacted incident report, click here. WCTV has chosen to redact personal information from the report to protect the privacy of the parties involved.

State Attorney Jack Campbell tells WCTV he will not pursue any charges, saying he has reviewed the incident reports and agrees with the Tallahassee Police Department that there is not sufficient evidence to press charges.

Francois is a redshirt sophomore quarterback for the Seminoles.

He missed all but the opening game this past season after tearing his patella tendon in FSU's game against Alabama.

Francois finished his 2016 campaign with 3,350 passing yards and 20 passing touchdowns while adding 198 yards on 108 carries on the ground.

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