Steven Homan, owner of the bar known as The Barn in Quincy, Illinois, has been charged with a felony crime after allegedly committing a racially motivated attack against 19-year-old Jazzpher “Jazz” Evans on April 4.
Homan, 47, was charged with aggravated battery and is accused of pushing the student, who is on a basketball scholarship at Quincy University, against the wall and slamming her to the ground after she requested a song at the bar, WGN9 reported.
Evans’ attorney, Keenan J. Saulter of Saulter Law P.C., said Homan put the young woman in a chokehold and rendered her unconscious before dragging her out of the bar and slamming her onto the ground.
“The family of Jazzpher Evans is encouraged that charges are being filed against Steven Homan who violently attacked her in a racially-fueled incident on Sunday, April 4, 2021 in Quincy, Illinois,” Saulter said in a statement on Wednesday, adding that the 19-year-old suffered a “traumatic brain injury” and is still recovering.
In addition, Evans suffered multiple lacerations and cuts to her face, nose, hip, back and neck as she was also rendered unconscious for at least five minutes, the attorney said.
“Jazzpher is still receiving medical attention for her numerous injuries,” the law firm stated, according to Patch.
The young woman’s attorneys also criticized police after the incident.
“When Quincy Police Department Officers arrived on the scene—they never called for or offered Jazz medical attention—even though after she had regained consciousness was visibly bleeding from her nose and wounds on her face and suffering from the effects of being unconscious for more than five minutes,” The Saulter Firm stated.
In an interview with ABC7, Evans said the attack happened when she went to the DJ booth with a friend to put in a song request.
“He didn’t even say anything to me at first,” she said about the suspect. “The first thing he did was put his hands on me. He didn’t ask me to leave. He didn’t ask me what I was doing by the DJ booth. His first instinct was to shove me up against the gate.”