Crime

July 25, 2014

TCU star defender Fields arrested on assault warrant

Devonte Fields turned himself in Thursday afternoon at the Tarrant County Jail and was immediately released upon posting a $3,500 bond, jail officials said.

Devonte Fields, the star TCU defensive end who was “separated” from the university this week while police investigated domestic violence allegations made against him, surrendered Thursday afternoon at the Tarrant County Jail on a misdemeanor assault warrant.

Fields was immediately processed and released on $3,500 bond at 4:50 p.m., court records show. The charge is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

The alleged assault occurred at a home in the 2700 block of Lubbock Avenue around 3:30 a.m. Sunday and involved Field’s ex-girlfriend.

Haley Brown told officers that Fields had apparently been listening outside a bedroom window of the house as she and a mutual friend of theirs talked. She said Fields punched through the window and began yelling at her.

Haley said Fields appeared to be holding a gun in one of his hands, pointed it at her, and threatened “I should blast you!”

She told police he then came to the home’s front door and was let inside by their mutual friend’s roommate. There, he continued to yell at Fields and punched her in the face, she told police.

Officers noted in their report that Haley’s right cheek was swollen and she had a small cut under her eye.

She refused to be taken to the hospital and told police she did not wish to pursue charges.

Sgt. Raymond Bush, a Fort Worth police spokesman, said the investigation is continuing and declined further comment.

TCU has said Fields has been “separated” from the university pending results of the investigation, meaning he is not allowed to be on school premises.

Fields, who only played three games last year because of injury, has been selected as the preseason defensive MVP of the Big 12.

Head football Coach Gary Patterson has said he would let justice take its course before making a decision on Fields.

“My job is to protect the university,” Patterson has said. “… So we’ll see how the investigation goes, and then we’ll find out what they have to say.”

In January, Fields had reported to Fort Worth police that he was robbed and beaten in a struggle involving gunfire outside his residence in the 3200 block of South University Drive.

He later told Fort Worth police, however, that he did not want them to look inside his residence and did not wish to pursue charges.

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