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CSUN Player Keeps Shooting Charges Secret From Coaches : Crime: Jonathan Beauregard still played football despite facing two counts of attempted murder in an attack on his ex-girlfriend and a man in San Bernardino in August.

October 03, 1994|CHIP JOHNSON and STEVE ELLING | TIMES STAFF WRITERS

NORTHRIDGE — A Cal State Northridge football player facing two counts of attempted murder for allegedly shooting his ex-girlfriend and her friend has concealed the charges from the school's coaching staff since he was arrested more than a month ago, police and school officials said.

Jonathan G. Beauregard, 22, was arrested Aug. 29 in his hometown of San Bernardino in connection with the shooting outside the Arrowhead Elks' bar, said San Bernardino Police Lt. Jack Griggs.

Hours after he was released on bail, Beauregard reported to practice with the Northridge Matadors. Beauregard--a 5-foot-11, 270-pound offensive right guard--is a second-year starter for the team.

Matador coaches said Saturday that they did not know of Beauregard's arrest. And a conference spokesman said it was unlikely that the school would be sanctioned for allowing Beauregard to continue playing.

The victims were identified as Von E. Thompson, 26, of Rialto, a security guard at the bar, and Daniella Smith, who investigators said is Beauregard's ex-girlfriend and the mother of his child.

Police said Thompson and Smith were shot as they sat in Thompson's truck after the bar had closed.

"Within a minute, here comes Beauregard--he shoots the male victim twice," said Detective Roy Izumi, who investigated the shooting. The first bullet hit Thompson in the right arm and the second struck Thompson's bullet-proof vest "right about where his heart would be," Izumi said.

Smith was shot once in the hip.

Beauregard was arrested near his mother's home shortly after the shooting. Smith told police that Beauregard refused to leave her alone since they had broken up, Izumi said.

Beauregard was booked for investigation of assault with a deadly weapon at the San Bernardino County Sheriff's West Valley Detention Center, but was released in lieu of $15,000 bail within a few hours, said a source close to the family.

The charges were later upgraded by the San Bernardino district attorney's office to attempted murder, Izumi said.

Beauregard's grandmother is Valerie Pope-Ludlam, a San Bernardino city councilwoman representing the 6th District. Pope-Ludlam, a member of the council for eight years, said she will attend her grandson's arraignment Oct. 19.

"We're a strong, very faithful, very religious family," she said. "We live by faith and that's a fact, and I believe there will be a victory in the end."

Beauregard attended football practice later the same day, but never mentioned the arrest to anyone on the coaching staff, said Bob Burt, head coach of the Matadors.

"Until I know something concrete, it'll be the same as it's always been," Burt said before the kickoff to Saturday's game against Chico State University. "If we find out Monday that it's factual, we'll decide what to do."

When reached at his mother's San Bernardino home, Beauregard refused to comment on the incident, but confirmed that he did not tell the Matadors coaching staff of his arrest. They did not know about it until questioned by reporters.

Vic Buccola, commissioner of the American West Conference, of which Northridge is a member, said the NCAA grants member schools the autonomy to handle disciplinary matters on a case-by-case basis. The NCAA's ethical code of conduct for student athletes does not address criminal cases, Buccola said, adding that sanctions against the school are unlikely.

"Unless there's something proven," that Northridge officials had prior knowledge of the incident, "then there might be a hand-slapping at worst," Buccola said. "But that would be an NCAA matter, not a conference matter."

Beauregard started as a junior at Northridge after attending Long Beach State in 1991 and New Mexico State in 1992. He played for two seasons at Cajon High in San Bernardino, where he was senior class president, and was selected to play in the 1990 Shrine All-Star Game.

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