Authorities on Thursday issued a felony warrant charging Creighton University basketball player Maurice Watson Jr. with first-degree sexual assault.

According to police, a 19-year-old woman told them she had been assaulted in the bathroom of a residence near 33rd Street and Poppleton Avenue about 3 a.m. on Feb. 4. The woman identified Watson as her assailant. Police were first called to the Nebraska Medical Center to take a report on the assault.

The young woman is a Creighton student who was an acquaintance of Watson’s, according to a source familiar with the investigation.

Thursday morning, the woman met with Omaha police and Douglas County prosecutors for about an hour at the County Attorney’s Office.

Officer Phil Anson, an Omaha police spokesman, said the Omaha Metro Fugitive Task Force was attempting to locate the 23-year-old Watson and arrest him.

Watson was a standout point guard with Creighton’s team before being sidelined by an injury. Creighton announced Wednesday that it had suspended Watson from the team more than a week ago for an undisclosed violation of university rules.

Watson returned to his hometown of Philadelphia for a Feb. 6 surgery on his left knee. He hasn’t been part of a Creighton team event since.

Detectives from the Omaha Police Department’s special victims unit have been investigating the incident and submitted their findings to the Douglas County Attorney’s Office.

anelson@owh.com, 402-444-1310

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