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911 calls and smashed cellphones: Unreported details from Reuben Foster's arrest

49ers linebacker Reuben Foster, background, arrives with his attorney, Joshua Bentley, right, for an arraignment at the Santa Clara County Hall of Justice in San Jose on April 12. Foster has been charged with felony domestic violence after being accused of attacking his girlfriend, authorities said.
49ers linebacker Reuben Foster, background, arrives with his attorney, Joshua Bentley, right, for an arraignment at the Santa Clara County Hall of Justice in San Jose on April 12. Foster has been charged with felony domestic violence after being accused of attacking his girlfriend, authorities said. The Mercury News (San Jose)

The alleged victim in the case against Reuben Foster initially told police the 49ers linebacker threw her out of his Los Gatos home three times following an argument on the morning of Feb. 11, the last time after hitting her approximately 10 times "hard, but not that hard" with his fist.

Foster's ex-girlfriend, Elissa Ennis, has since recanted, saying Foster never hit her and that she wanted to "trash his career" because she feared their relationship was ending.

Foster, meanwhile, told police Ennis "would say anything" and that he never hit her. He wanted to leave the house that morning and she was trying to keep him from doing so.

Here's what they agree on: Their five-year relationship had gone sour, they had been arguing lately and that Foster smashed two of her cellphones, one just outside his house on Feb. 11 as she was calling 911.

Those are some of the previously unreported details found in the report filed by Los Gatos-Monte Sereno police officers who arrived at Foster's home that morning.

Other details:

Foster and Ennis weren't the only ones interviewed by police that morning. A friend of Foster's was staying at the house, though he says he was in his room at the time of the incident and didn't witness any argument or altercation. Police also have contacted the driver whom Ennis flagged down and who allowed her to call 911, as well as an acquaintance of Ennis' whom she also called from the motorist's cellphone. The names of the potential witnesses have been redacted in the report.

▪ Police found two weapons in the house, a loaded .38-caliber pistol and a Sig Sauer short-barreled rifle. The latter was found on the floor of the bathroom with a loaded 30-round magazine and a round in the chamber. Foster has been charged with felony possession of an assault weapon in relation to the Sig Sauer.

▪ Multiple police officers commented on the strong smell of marijuana they encountered upon entering the home that morning.

▪ There were two 911 calls. Ennis made one from the motorist's cellphone and another from her phone. According to the report, San Jose police received a call that morning "with a female voice yelling saying her boyfriend beat her up." Police later determined that the call was related to the incident at Foster's home.

The most vivid details come from the police interview with Ennis, 28, who said that she and Foster, 24, began arguing the night before, at which point he threw her dog across the room. The dog was not injured, she told police.

The morning after their argument, Ennis told police, Foster threw her clothing out the window of an upstairs balcony and told her to get out. She said he dragged her downstairs by her hair and threw her out of the front door, which he locked.

She twice returned through an unlocked back door, the police report says, and both times Foster physically threw her out, she said. The last time, she told police, he punched her 10 times in her face and back.

She told officers Foster hit her "hard, but not that hard" and estimated the pain of the punching as an 8 on a scale of 10. She told police he threatened to kill her or have someone kill her if she called police. She then ran out of the house and tried to call 911, which police believe is the call recorded by the San Jose Police Department. When she fell, he took her phone and threw it, Ennis told police. She then flagged down a passing car.

According to the police report, Foster acknowledged breaking that phone as well as an iPhone during a previous argument in which he suspected her of secretly recording him with the phone.

Upon arriving at the scene, police took photos of Ennis' injuries, which included a swollen right lower lip, scratches and a cut on the back of her neck and a scrape on her left knee. She also complained of ringing and poor hearing in her left ear, which subsequently was diagnosed as a ruptured ear drum.

Ennis initially said those injuries were caused by Foster. However, she has since changed her story, saying they instead came from a fight with a woman that occurred following a road-rage incident that happened within 48 hours of the incident with Foster.

A video of the fight with the woman has been turned over to the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office. Authorities believe one of the women in the video, which initially was posted on social media, is indeed Ennis because of a distinguishing tattoo.

However, it's not yet known whether the video will prompt prosecutors to alter the charges against Foster. As of now, he is charged with three felonies: domestic violence with an allegation that he inflicted great bodily injury; forcefully attempting to prevent a victim from reporting a crime (breaking her cellphone); and possession of an assault weapon.

A hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday.

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