TCU defensive end Mike Tuaua and wide receiver Andre Petties-Wilson were arrested by Fort Worth police Monday on felony robbery charges after allegedly beating three students outside of a Sept. 4 party and robbing them of a case of beer.
The two have been suspended from the team for a violation of team rules, a team spokesperson told The Dallas Morning News. One of the alleged victims was hospitalized with minor injuries, while another was treated at the scene, per the report. A witness told police that one of the students was kicked and punched "while laying on the ground in a fetal position."
Tuaua told police a much different story, alleging that Petties-Wilson was surrounded by three males, and that he punched one of them in defense of his teammate. That version of events didn't resonate for the investigating officer, who noted in an affidavit: "I pointed out the distinct physical difference between Petties-Wilson and the victims, who are substantially physically smaller and asked him to explain why he felt Petties-Wilson was in danger. Tuaua did not answer that question."
The alleged victims said a case of Keystone Light beer was taken from them, and police found cans of Keystone Light at Tuaua's residence.
Petties-Wilson had not caught a pass this season, but Tuaua was expected to play extensively this year. TCU had already been decimated with the loss of five defensive starters for the season to injury. The Horned Frogs (3-0) allowed 37 points to SMU on Saturday and face a prolific offense this week in Texas Tech.