A charge of attempted murder has been filed against Minot State University athlete Jesse D. Ili, 21, following a brief chase and altercation that sent two Minot police officers to Trinity Hospital Friday night. The officers were responding to a call of a suspicious vehicle and possible narcotics activity in the 1300 block of Eighth Street Northwest about 8:45 p.m. Friday.
"One officer was knocked unconscious by Mr. Ili," said Captain John Klug, Minot Police Department. "The action by Ili justified the attempted murder charge. The decision was made by the Ward County State's Attorney."
According to Minot Police, both officers were treated and released from Trinity Hospital. The more severely injured officer was transported to the hospital by community ambulance. He is continuing recovery at home. Police declined to identify the officers at this time.
No weapons were involved, according to police.
Ili is listed as a linebacker for the MSU football team. He recently transfered to MSU from California. Four other MSU football players also were arrested during the incident. A sixth suspect fled the scene and is being sought.
Ili's attempted murder charge is a Class A felony. He also is charged with preventing arrest, a Class C felony; assault on a police officer, a Class C felony; refusal to halt, Class A misdemeanor; possession of marijuana, Class B misdemeanor; and ingestion of a controlled substance, Class A misdemeanor.
The other four subjects arrested are Kwajo S. Bonsu, 22, Chino Hills, Calif.; Thomas D. Boles-Armstrong, 19, Omaha, Neb.; Grant J. Jansen, 18, Roseville, Calif.; and Leon L. Ladeaux, 21, Port Orchard, Wash. All four were charged with possession of marijuana, a Class B misdemeanor, and ingestion of a controlled substance, a Class A misdemeanor.
Phone calls to MSU were not returned as of press time Saturday. Minot State opens its football season next Saturday at Concordia University in St. Paul, Minn.