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Posted: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 1:28 am | Updated: 1:32 am, Tue Mar 19, 2013.

A man was charged with two counts of attempted bodily injury after his ejection from the University of Montana campus.

University Police handed Erriche Anton Von Greenbrier, who also goes by Eric Anthony Greensweight, a trespass notice banning him from UM property after he was seen buying a ticket for the Lady Griz semifinals game, University Police Sgrt. Ward DeWitt said

Von Greenbrier allegedly displayed concerning behaviors at Lady Griz basketball games, DeWitt said, including making fake gun shot motions at referees.

After receiving paperwork banning him from the University of Montana, Von Greenbrier allegedly swung a golf club at Officer Kurt Feilzer, DeWitt said.

According to an affidavit regarding the incident, Von Greenbrier then allegedly began swearing at Feilzer, using the golf club to force him and another security officer backwards. University  Police community liaison and police specialist Thomas Johnson arrived on the scene to grab Von Greenbrier and placed him under arrest.

Von Greenbrier had a previous encounter with University Police at California State University, Sacramento, when the Lady Griz played the team March 9. A family member who identified himself as an uncle of Von Greenbrier called university police at Sacramento State and said he was concerned about Von Greenbrier, Chief of Police at Sacramento State Mark Iwasa said.

“(The uncle) was under the impression he had a stay away order from one of the basketball players,” Iwasa said.

Sacramento State University Police found Von Greenbrier near the gym and told him he could not attend the game, Iwasa said. Von Greenbrier said he had planned to hand out roses to the players, and allegedly grew upset when the officer told him he could not attend, Iwasa said. 

Iwasa said Von Greenbrier did leave under threat of arrest and the officers evaluated him before they allowed him to leave to ensure he was not a threat to himself or others.

Jean Gee, senior associate athletic director at UM, said  she was made aware of the arrest after it had happened and was aware of Von Greenbrier but had never seen him display any concerning behaviors.

Gee said  the man would sometimes have his backpack confiscated but that was all they had previously dealt with. Gee said the man never attempted to contact any of the Lady Griz players, and never stayed to interact with them after games.

“My understanding is that he is just a very big Lady Griz fan,” Gee said.

ashley.nerbovig@umontana.edu

@nerb11

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