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Former TCU football player accused of assaulting two students on campus

TCU defensive end Tipa Galeai, right, closes in on Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes during last season’s Big 12 football game in Fort Worth.
TCU defensive end Tipa Galeai, right, closes in on Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes during last season’s Big 12 football game in Fort Worth. Special to the Star-Telegram

(Updated 4:30 p.m. Friday) A former TCU football player is accused of chasing two students into a campus dorm and assaulting them, punching one in his face and body 21 times, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Tipa Galeai, 20, was charged in January with assault causing bodily injury, a Class A misdemeanor, according to Tarrant County court records.

Galeai, a sophomore defensive end for the Horned Frogs this past season, is no longer a student at the university, spokeswoman Holly Ellman said Friday.

A statement from TCU reads, “Texas Christian University expects its students to behave in an ethical manner, abide by campus policies and adhere to state and federal law.”

According to the affidavit and a TCU police report, the incident happened about 2 a.m. Jan. 21.

Two students, both men, were near the intersection of Stadium and Bellaire drives when they saw Galeai and noticed that he “appeared to be extremely intoxicated,” the affidavit said.

They made a comment about this and Galeai overheard it. As the students walked toward the P.E. Clark dorm, where they lived, they noticed Galeai running toward them, the affidavit said.

When they got to the foyer, they tried to lock the dorm’s front doors, but Galeai got inside before they could.

Galeai pushed one of the students against a wall and then began punching him 21 times, the affidavit said. The student’s face and lip were bruised and he reported pain in his jaw. The incident was captured on surveillance video.

After a witness intervened, Galeai chased the second student behind a reception desk, cornering him and punching him once in the face and twice in the head, the affidavit said. The reported a bruised lip.

Both students declined medical attention. One declined to pursue charges against Galeai.

A resident assistant witnessed part of the assault, the police report said.

TCU police wrote an arrest warrant for Galeai three days later, on Jan. 24, and he interviewed with police on Jan. 25.

Galeai surrendered at the Tarrant County Jail on Jan. 26 and was released from custody after posting a $5,000 bond the same day, according to court records.

Galeai — who was listed on the TCU football website as 6 feet, 5 inches and 235 pounds — played in 10 games for the Frogs last season, collecting 24 tackles, including 3  1/2 sacks.

Before TCU, he played at Euless Trinity, where he was named to the Star-Telegram Super Team his senior season.

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