TCU defensive end Devonte Fields attacked and robbed at off-campus home
TCU defensive end Devonte Fields was attacked at his home on the 3240 S. University Dr. early Tuesday morning, according to a Fort Worth Police Department incident report.
The report said that Fields went outside to start his car, and then returned to his house when three suspects came up behind him. One of the suspects hit Fields on the top of the head with a black semi-automatic pistol and pushed him into his house.
Two of the three suspects began to assault Fields with their fists, while the third suspect stole items including a cellphone and an Xbox video game system, according to the report.
The struggle between Fields and the suspects ended up on the driveway. One of the suspects then pointed a semi-automatic pistol at Fields and told him he was going to kill him, according to the report.
The report said Fields grabbed the right forearm of one of the suspects and five shots were fired into the air.
The three suspects then fled in an older, black Honda vehicle that was parked on South University Drive, according to the report.
The report said Fields then went to the TCU testing center instead of remaining at the scene.
According to the report, Fields originally consented to a police search of his residence, but changed his mind upon arrival. Fields also told police he did not want to press charges.
In response to an inquiry as to why Fields wasn’t living on campus as a sophomore, director of strategic communications Lisa Albert wrote in an email that “While there is an on campus residency requirement for freshmen and sophomores, some extenuating circumstances require students to live off campus during that time.”
Albert wrote that exceptions to that policy are evaluated depending on the case and TCU allows students to live off campus if it is best for them personally.
A homeowner, who asked to remain anonymous due to safety concerns, said that police and a Crime Scene Investigation unit collected a shell from her home this evening.
Sgt. Kelly Peel, the Fort Worth Police Department public relations supervisor, wrote in an email that the investigation has been put on hold after the victim decided not to press charges.
Fields saw the field in just three of TCU's games in the 2013 season after being named the 2012 AP Big 12 Defensive Player of the year.
TCU head football coach Gary Patterson issued a statement Tuesday night. “Devonte Fields is a victim here, and he’s okay,” Patterson said. “He went to class and workouts today.”
Albert also issued a statement early Wednesday morning.
“The safety of our students is important,” Albert wrote. “As soon as TCU Police were made aware of the situation, we notified the campus via an emailed crime alert. What happened to this student is unfortunate, and serves as a reminder to all students to be aware of their surroundings.”
Fields responded to detractors on Twitter Wednesday who were wondering why Fields was up so early:
Drugs the reason I was up that early was to take drug test for NCAA y'all people dumb af gotta problem come to me not Twitter #betyallwont!
— DeVonte' Fields (@Yaboiphilly95) January 29, 2014
This story was updated at 5:39 p.m. on January 29.