December 22, 2013

Chicago Bears' Henry Melton arrested on suspicion of assault

Henry Melton, a defensive tackle for the Chicago Bears, was arrested in Grapevine on suspicion of assault after reportedly punching a restaurant manager in the face on Sunday.

Henry J. Melton, a defensive tackle for the Chicago Bears, was arrested Sunday by Grapevine police on suspicion of assault and public intoxication.

Melton, 27, was at the Chill sports bar in Grapevine but was asked to leave at 1:45 a.m. for becoming belligerent with the wait staff, Sgt. Robert Eberling, spokesman for the Grapevine Police Department, said in an email.

Melton, a 2005 graduate of Grapevine High School, was accused of punching the restaurant manager in the face and biting the manager on the arm during an altercation, Eberling said. It took four restaurant staff members to restrain Melton on the ground until police arrived, Eberling said.

Melton refused treatment for a cut on the nose, and he was released at 11 a.m. Sunday after posting $1,000 bail in the misdemeanor assault and $210 bail in the public intoxication case.

“We are aware of the reports regarding Henry Melton,” the Bears said in a statement. “We are currently gathering information to learn more about the circumstances surrounding the arrest.”

Melton is on injured reserve, according to a statement from the Bears, after he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 22.

Melton was selected by the Bears in the fourth round of the 2009 draft out of Texas. He was a four-year letterman in football at Grapevine High School, according to his biography on the Bears’ website. He was born in Cedar Hill and played college football for the University of Texas, where he graduated with a degree in education.

His uncle Ray Crockett played 14 years in the NFL.

Phone calls to the restaurant were not returned Sunday.

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