2 ODU football players charged after altercation at Norfolk bar – Virginian-Pilot

NORFOLK

Old Dominion offensive linemen Devin Hannan and Manny Matiarena were arrested Friday after Norfolk police say they were involved in an altercation in a bar that left two patrons injured early Sunday morning.

Hannan, a 20-year-old rising sophomore from Belle Vernon, Pa., was booked at the Norfolk City Jail after being charged with malicious wounding, a felony, and misdemeanor assault and battery, said Kaila DeRienzo, a spokeswoman for the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office.

Matiarena, a 22-year-old senior from Los Angeles, was charged with misdemeanor assault and battery.

They were the second and third arrests of ODU football players in less than a month. Linebacker Derek Wilder, the son of coach Bobby Wilder, and Aquante Thornton, a former defensive back, were charged with felonies for eluding police and misdemeanor reckless driving on motorcycles in Chesapeake on May 18.

Wilder’s incident was the first major run-in with police for an ODU football player since 2014. Bobby Wilder imposed an indefinite suspension on his son, who was injured when he ran into a guard rail and was thrown off his motorcycle.

The coach issued a brief statement through an ODU spokesman Friday afternoon: “Devin Hannan and Manny Matierena have been suspended indefinitely from the ODU football team.”

According to police spokesman Daniel Hudson, officers responded to a call at The Edge, a bar on Hampton Boulevard, at 1:15 a.m. Sunday.

Police found two men, ages 26 and 21, “suffering from non-life threatening injuries.”

It is unclear how many people were involved in the altercation, and police declined to identify the victims.

Police said the 26-year-old was taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital for treatment, while the other man was treated at the scene.

Police were told that a verbal altercation inside the bar turned physical. After investigating, detectives arrested Hannan and Matiarena on Friday.

The area around the Edge has been the site of some high-profile incidents in recent years. In 2014, Paul Johnson, an ODU student from suburban Richmond who was a member of the school’s Catholic ministry, was killed from a blow to the head not far from the bar. The two men arrested in the assault, who were inside the Edge just before it occurred, are scheduled to be tried in October.

This year, a female said an Edge employee drugged her inside the club and that she was sexually assaulted in the bar’s parking lot. Billy Baldwin, who owns The Edge, said he cooperated with police on the alleged sexual assault, and after an investigation, no charges were filed.

Baldwin said there were other incidents involving football players in recent months that led him to contact ODU officials and let them know the players involved were banned from The Edge. No one was arrested following those incidents, he said.

Although Hannan can’t legally drink alcohol, Baldwin said state ABC laws allow patrons under 21 to enter his establishment as long as they aren’t served alcohol. He said he allows underage patrons to enter largely for special events.

Hannan, who is 6-foot-4 and 300 pounds, was a key player on the offensive line last season and was expected to be among the team’s top blockers this fall. He was named to the Conference USA all-freshman team a year ago, when he started in all 13 games.

An honor roll student his first season in 2015 when he redshirted, Hannan was rated a three-star recruit at Belle Vernon Area High School. He originally committed to Towson but decommitted and signed with the Monarchs after visiting ODU just before National Signing Day in 2015. He is majoring in criminal justice.

Matiarena, a 6-4, 302-pound senior who transferred from junior college, had limited playing time on special teams. He received a degree in criminal justice in 2016, according to ODU’s web site.

Derek Wilder, Hannan and Matiarena also could face disciplinary action from the school. ODU’s student conduct policy stipulates that students can face sanctions, including expulsion, if charged with or convicted of a crime. However, university action isn’t mandated, and hearings on incidents are often postponed until court proceedings are done.