Senior defensive end Michael Tuaua and redshirt freshman wide receiver Andre Petties-Wilson were arrested on a charge of robbery and causing bodily injury. Bail for each was set at $15,000, according to the affidavits.
TCU responded to the arrests: “It is disappointing to learn about these students’ alleged behavior, which fails to live up to the expectations of our community. Texas Christian University expects its students to behave in an ethical manner, abide by campus policies and adhere to state and federal law. The students who are under investigation will also face a charge of violating the University Code of Student Conduct, the results of which are independent and separate from any legal charges they may face.”
Voicemails seeking comment from Tuaua and Petties-Wilson were not returned Monday night.
The incident occurred Sept. 4 around 11:30 p.m. near the 2700 block of West Lowden Street and lasted “thirty to forty-five seconds,” according to the affidavit. The following account is based on the information in the affidavits.
The three students were walking down Lowden Street “carrying a case of Keystone Light beer” when one student was “hit in the back of the leg with a full can of beer than had been thrown at him.” The students told police they turned and saw “three individuals standing in the yard,” according to the affidavit.
One individual in the yard was described as “a black male” who was “wearing a TCU backpack (the type of which is issued to TCU athletes),” according to the affidavit. That same suspect approached one of the students and hit him “with a closed fist to his left temple,” causing the student to fall “on the ground in the fetal position.”
The suspects proceeded to kick and hit the student laying on the ground until one of them “said ‘Get the beer’.” According the affidavit, a suspect described as an “Asian-pacific male with big hair,” picked up the beer, and the three suspects “ran south through an alley.”
TCU Police officer Joe Chambers said when he arrived on the scene the victim who had been laying on the ground told the officer he “felt pain in his shoulder and face” and “immediately said, ‘and they took my beer,’” according to the affidavit.
That student was taken to the Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital emergency room where he was treated for a “facial contusion, forearm contusion, left shoulder pain and joint inflammation,” according to the affidavit.
Officers found “one bottle of Bombay Sapphire gin, one bottle of Heineken beer and a pair of red and black sunglasses,” which they believed belonged to the suspects, according to the affidavit.
A “black Apple iPhone that rang while officers were at the scene,” was also found. According to the affidavit the name “Mike Tuaua” appear “on the caller ID.”
Officers spoke with a nearby resident that said “four football players arrived at his party uninvited,” according to the affidavit.
Given this information, along with the athletic back pack and the name on the caller id, “officers checked the TCU football roster” which “lists the name ‘Mike Tuaua,’” according to the affidavit.
Tuaua was “contacted through university officials” and asked to call Detective S.L. Horner of the Fort Worth Police Department, according to the affidavit. Tuaua’s attorney arranged a meeting for Sept. 6, according to the affidavit.
Tuaua told Horner that Tuaua had gone to a party that night with Pettis-Wilson along with two other men he called “Nam” and “Im,” according to the affidavit. When asked why he left the party Tuaua said “they just wanted to leave because there were no girls present,” according to the affidavit.
Tuaua said “he heard yelling and saw Petties-Wilson surrounded by three males, and they were pushing and shoving.” According to the affidavit Tuaua “ran over to stop the fight.” He told Horner “he saw the pack of beer but does not know what happened to it,” and that “he does not drink that beer,” according to the affidavit.