The transfer from UNLV was arrested early Thursday morning after police broke up a party at his apartment and was held in jail on misdemeanor charges of hosting a drug house (marijuana), nuisance party regulations and a noise violation.
“That [drug house] statute is aimed at large parties where drugs are being openly used or where people are coming to a residence with that purpose,” Dejean-Jones’ attorney Matthew Boles said. “That’s not anywhere near the situation here and the judge recognized that.”
Police were called around 3 a.m. Thursday with a neighbor complaining of noise from video games and “also stated the people were banging on his wall” from the apartment. Police registered peak decibel levels of 60 outside the apartment door. They also distinguished three male voices and “that the conversation from inside the apartment was very easily understood from the hallway and consisted of what sounded like the occupants mocking the caller and laughing.” The city of Ames noise ordinance for that time of day is 55 decibels.
Dejean-Jones, a fifth-year senior, is among Iowa State's leaders in several statistical categories, including scoring (17.1 points per game, second on the team), rebounding (6.9 per game, first) and assists (3.3 per game, third). He's shooting 41.7 percent on three-pointers.
Iowa State is 6-1 this season. Iowa is 8-2.
- Ben Estes