Thomas Altimont has been dismissed from the University of Arkansas baseball program, head coach Dave Van Horn announced on Monday.
“After reviewing all the information, I’ve decided to dismiss Thomas from our baseball program,” Coach Van Horn said. “We have and will continue to hold our student-athletes to a high standard and any inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated.”
A preliminary police report said Fayetteville police responded to a disturbance call at approximately 1:25 a.m. Friday at an apartment on South Conway Place where they were told someone was being held against her will.
The officers heard crying coming a bedroom and forced their way through the door, which was locked, and found a man, identified as Altimont, leaning over a woman, who was crying on the bed, the report said. Altimont, 21, refused to obey officers’ command to leave the bedroom so he was escorted out of the room, the report said.
Morgan McCombs, 18, told officers a friend had picked her up at her dorm and then drove to pick up Altimont from a bar on Dickson Street, the report said. McCombs said she got in an argument with Altimont for going through her phone and, when they arrived at Altimont’s apartment, she did not want to get out of the car, the report said.
The woman told police Altimont pulled her from the vehicle, threw her over his shoulder and carried her to his second-floor apartment, the report said. When he unlocked the door, McCombs was able to get away but Altimont caught her at the railing and forced her into his apartment, the report said.
Although Thomas is no longer a member of the Razorback program, the Office of Student-Athlete Success will offer assistance to him through the remainder of the academic year pending the outcome of his status as a University of Arkansas student.