Charges against Arizona All-American running back Ka'Deem Carey stemming from a December domestic violence incident involving his pregnant ex-girlfriend will be filed later this week, Tucson police said Monday.

Officers responded to a domestic violence call at a residence in the 2000 block of East Copper Street on the afternoon of Dec. 23 involving Carey and a woman, said Sgt. Chris Widmer, a Tucson police spokesman.

Carey, 20, a possible 2013 Heisman Trophy candidate, was gone when police arrived but returned a short time later and spoke with the officers, Widmer said.

Both the Wildcat player and the woman "showed injuries consistent with some type of physical altercation," Widmer said.

Police took statements from both Carey and the woman and they were separated.

The case was passed on to domestic violence detectives who turned the case to Tucson City Court for review.

City prosecutor Baird Greene and detectives made a decision to file charges against Carey, Widmer said. Carey will appear in court Thursday, said his attorney Jeffrey Marks.

"Mr. Carey has been contacted and advised that he is going to be charged and is going to be showing up to City Court voluntarily later this week to face his charges," Widmer said.

An order of protection was requested by the woman against Carey on Dec. 26. Carey was served with the order on Dec. 31.

In the petition for the order of protection, the 23-year-old woman wrote that Carey came into a room looking for a lighter to smoke an illegal substance.

She wrote that she asked Carey to leave several times and that he pushed and shoved his way into the room, and knocked her to the floor and slammed her fingers in the door.

The woman is pregnant with Carey's child, she indicated in her petition for the order of protection. The Star is not naming the woman because she is not facing charges in connection with the incident.

Carey filed a petition for an order of protection against the woman and an injunction against harassment against the woman's mother on Dec. 26. He asked the court to dismiss the requests at a hearing Monday morning.

Neither the city prosecutor nor Carey's attorney could comment on the nature of the charges.

UA officials are "fully aware of the situation," athletic director Greg Byrne said in a statement released by the athletic department Sunday night. Coach Rich Rodriguez said he has spoken with Carey and is aware of the case. Neither is expected to comment again until Carey's case is resolved.

The junior-to-be remains a member of the team and is on scholarship.

Carey, a Tucson native and Canyon del Oro High School graduate, led the nation with 1,929 rushing yards and set school records for yards and rushing touchdowns last fall. He is a consensus first-team All-American and the subject of a budding Heisman Trophy campaign.

The UA released a video and social media blitz last month touting "Team Ka'Deem."

Star reporter Ryan Finley contributed to this story. Contact reporter Veronica Cruz at or 573-4224.