Arrest affidavits for the pair give little information on the incident other than to say that the men were “(i)nvolved in a physical altercation” where they “struck” the visitor. Epps and Cobb were both booked on municipal counts of battery.
The alleged victim, who asked not to be identified, said in a telephone interview that he was heading to the cash-out area of the casino about 4 a.m. when he passed Epps and his entourage.
“We kind of met right there in the middle and I recognized him,” the man said. “I said ‘Oh, Mike Epps!’”
“The next thing I know, he started hitting me in the face, unprovoked,” the man said. “I had a handful of chips, so I just basically bent down to protect myself, and then my friends ran over and got in front of me, and then security got there.”
Casino security allowed Epps and his group to leave but called police. The man said he was bruised and bleeding from his face.
Police did not arrive at the casino to take a report for more than three hours, the Virginia man said, and he was forced to miss the Saturday morning all-star practice session because of his injuries, which he described as “significant.”
“My face is still swollen right now and it was blackened shut,” he said Tuesday.
The man said that he did not know Epps had been arrested.
“It’s a relief, because I thought he got away,” the man said.
Epps and Cobb were released on $1,000 bail each. Court records show that both failed to appear for an arraignment in Municipal Court on Tuesday. Attachments have been issued for their arrest.