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Johnson City man charged with assaulting UT students turns himself in, police say

A victim claims video shows the attack on University of Tennessee’s campus the day the Vols played South Carolina.
Published: Oct. 13, 2021 at 3:04 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 14, 2021 at 1:23 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - A Johnson City man accused of assaulting several University of Tennessee students has turned himself in to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, officials with the UT Police Department tell WVLT News.

The University of Tennessee Police Department charged Mark Alexander Bowman with two counts of assault after a female student was hit in the face on October 9.

The female victim, Lydia Ernst, told WVLT News she captured the below video of Bowman pushing her boyfriend, also a student, and threatening to kill him. The man in the video can be heard saying, “I will [expletive] kill you!” The video was widely shared on social media.

Ernst told WVLT News that her boyfriend and his friend were walking back from the UT game on Oct. 9 and Bowman was walking on the opposite side of the road with two younger men.

Ernst said there was playful banter between her boyfriend and his friend and the two younger men who were with the suspect.

The video shows a man, identified by Ernst as the suspect, throwing his hands in the air, crossing the street and threatening to kill her boyfriend.

Ernst said she began to yell at the man and and that he responded by hitting her multiple times. Ernst said she suffered a black eye, a bruise on her forehead and the back of her head.

UTPD issues warrants for man after assaulting student after football game
UTPD issues warrants for man after assaulting student after football game(Lydia Ernst)

During the attack, Ernst said her boyfriend and friend stepped in and started hitting the man she identified as Bowman.

She said the younger men then removed Bowman from the scene before police arrived.

UTPD said Bowman is charged with two counts of assault and one count of crossing at a location other than a crosswalk.

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