University of Central Florida basketball redshirt junior Rokas Ulvydas was arrested late Saturday night for misdemeanor/first-degree battery charges in Orlando, Fl, according to Orange County Corrections.

The 23-year-old Lithuanian citizen allegedly made death threats to his roommates at their apartment, one roommate told Knight News over the phone, confirmed in a police report. The student wished to remain anonymous, citing his safety.

The student stated Ulvydas made the death threat two weeks ago, reporting Ulvydas on October 5, 2018. Ulvydas made a separate threat on October 6, which involved his arrest on charges of battery, according to the report.

Knight News received the police report from Orange County Sunday evening.

The police report describes what deputies did to investigate once they arrived at the apartment at approximately 6:30 p.m., October 6. The event transpired after Rokas was reportedly spotted by his roommates but not greeted at the UCF versus SMU tailgate.

When roommates arrived to change clothes Saturday evening, Ulvydas became agitated, entered his room and began yelling “when you see me you acknowledge me and say hello,” the police report stated. 

Rokas then grabbed the student by the back of the neck while yelling “if you don’t say hi to me I’ll fucking kill you, you know who I am.” Rokas turned the victim and put both his hands around the front of his neck while pinning the victim against the bedroom door.

Rokas then ‘threw’ the victim toward a dresser, causing him to “strike the dresser and fall to the floor,” the report stated. Rokas then left the bedroom, without further incident.

After deputies knocked on the bedroom door, Rokas exited and the deputies asked if they could talk. He agreed and spoke with deputies in the kitchen area.

Rokas asked deputies “what this was about,” to which this deputy began requesting his side of the story. Prior to being able to read Miranda rights, Rokas asked “is this about my roommate?” according to deputies.

“He then spontaneously stated the following: He admitted to grabbing the back of [victim’s] neck and stated ‘I know I overreacted’. He added ‘I messed up,’ he then stated: ‘I grabbed him by the neck, I know I’m stronger than him and shouldn’t of done that.’ Rokas continued, “I was just upset he didn’t say anything,” referring the tailgating party.”

Based on the event, Rokas was placed under arrest at 7:33 p.m. for Battery and transported to BRC without incident, according to the report.

The Orange County Jail Booking Report stated Ulvydas was released the same night at 11:52 p.m. A bond of $500 was held, according to the police report.

Three students lived with Rokas at University House, according to the roommate.


Ulvydas’s UCF Basketball bio shows that the student moved to the United States to play as a freshman at Texas Tech, where he appeared in nine games. The forward sat out his sophomore year and then returned to play in 26 games for UCF.