Sheriff’s deputies late Sunday arrested a former LSU tight end accused of choking his girlfriend, then taking her cellphone so she could not call law enforcement.
Deputies responded to an apartment on Nicholson Drive at 9:40 p.m. after the girlfriend of DeAngelo Peterson, 25, reported that he attacked her during an argument, according to the affidavit of probable cause.
During an argument, the victim repeatedly asked Peterson to leave her apartment, but he never did and followed her throughout the apartment, the affidavit says. She grabbed a kitchen knife to scare him, but he disarmed her, then pushed her onto the floor, put his hands around her neck and began choking her.
He continued choking her until she kneed him in the groin and ran into the bathroom, the affidavit says. But he followed her into the bathroom and grabbed her cellphone as she was calling law enforcement.
Peterson told deputies he grabbed her shirt as she walked away so he could talk to her about why she was angry with him, the affidavit says. He added he disarmed her so no one would get injured.
Peterson, 8008 Bluebonnet Blvd., Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison on a count of simple battery as well as bench warrants for speeding.
Peterson committed to LSU in 2007 as a top wide receiver prospect in Louisiana but converted to tight end.
He appeared in 50 games, starting 10, for the Tigers during his four-year career from 2008-11, catching 39 passes for 459 yards and three touchdowns.
Peterson went undrafted following his senior season and signed a free agent contract with the St. Louis Rams in 2012. He also spent time with the Washington Redskins and the Denver Broncos.