The Citadel’s lacrosse club coach was arrested early Tuesday after a fight in a Waffle House parking lot.
Garett Rosecrans, 33, of Broad Street, was charged with second-degree assault and battery and released on his own recognizance.
A Charleston police officer was driving by the Waffle House at 325 Savannah Highway shortly after 2:30 a.m. and noticed people yelling at each other in the parking lot.
As the officer drove closer, he noticed one man bleeding heavily from his face, leaning against a railing. Three people were holding a man later identified as Rosecrans against the restaurant’s wall.
A witness told police Rosecrans hit the 44-year-old man because the man was harassing him. The man said Rosecrans hit him about nine times, pushed him to the ground, then hit him three more times.
Rosecrans told police he hit the man in self-defense because he “feared for his safety.”
The man was taken to Medical University Hospital, where initial examination showed he had a fractured nose, according to the report.
Rosecrans was booked into the Charleston County jail and released on his own recognizance, according to attorney David Aylor. Aylor contends that the other man instigated the fight and Rosecrans was defending himself. Rosecrans volunteers at The Citadel and is not paid, spokeswoman Charlene Gunnells said.