Villanova football players face trial in alleged lower merion assault gas monkey bar and grill


NORRISTOWN >> Two Villanova football players, including one who just last week signed a contract with the Kansas City Chiefs, and a female friend face a trial in Montgomery County Court later this year in connection with the alleged assault of a man in a bathroom at a Lower Merion bar.

Malik Ki-Jana Reaves, 22, a former Villanova defensive back, Adeyemi C. DaSilva, 21, a Villanova wide receiver, and a female friend, Lara Isabelle Dashian, 22, were in court on Monday and saw their cases passed for a joint trial on Oct.3, according to an order signed by Judge Steven C. Tolliver. The three, who remain free on bail pending trial, were in court for a pretrial conference and left after conferring with their lawyers.

Reaves, of Jacksonville, Fla., DaSilva, who listed addresses in Edgewater, N.J. and Delray Beach, Fla., and Dashian, of the 1700 block of Oakwood Terrace, Narberth, each face misdemeanor charges of simple assault and conspiracy to commit simple assault and summary charges of harassment and disorderly conduct in connection with an alleged 12:51 a.m. Sept. 17, 2017, incident at The Grog, a popular bar on West Lancaster Avenue in the Bryn Mawr section of Lower Merion.

An investigation began when Lower Merion police were dispatched to The Grog in the 800 block of West Lancaster Avenue for a report of an assault and spoke to the male victim who stated he was assaulted in the bathroom by two males and a female. The victim pointed to Reaves, DaSilva and Dashian as the culprits and they were stopped by police before leaving the area, according to court documents.

The alleged victim told police he was using the urinal in the bar’s restroom when he was approached from behind by DaSilva “asking when he was going to be done,” according to the criminal complaint. The victim allegedly told DaSilva that he was not finished and DaSilva said to him, “whatcha (sic) gonna do?” according to the arrest affidavit.

“When (the victim) turned around, the two males, Reaves and DaSilva, approached him and cornered him at the urinal. The two males began grabbing (the victim’s) arms, in what he perceived to be an attempt to hold his arms back. Dashian then began to strike (the victim) in the arms and face numerous times,” Sarama alleged in court papers.

“Reaves then grabbed (the victim) around the knees, picked him up and threw him onto the bathroom floor. (The victim) stated that as he laid on the bathroom floor, DaSilva, Dashian and Reaves began to kick him numerous times,” Sarama alleged. “(The victim) said that eventually someone opened the bathroom door and he was able to escape from the bathroom.”

According to Villanova football’s website, DaSilva was a junior who moved from quarterback to wide receiver for the 2017 season and saw action in 2015 and 2016. Reaves, according to Villanova’s website, was a senior defensive back at the time of the alleged incident and also was an all-CAA football honoree. According to published reports, Reaves signed a contract with the Kansas City Chiefs on May 7. Reaves also revealed the contract last week in a post on his Twitter account.