A University of Alabama football player and three other men have been connected to the beating of a 18-year-old man on Crystal Beach last month.

Deionte Thompson, 20, of Orange, was arrested and booked Friday into the Tuscaloosa, Ala., county jail on a charge of being a fugitive from justice. He posted bond Friday afternoon.

The Galveston County Sheriff’s Office issued warrants for Thompson and three others for felony aggravated assault Friday. Thompson, Morris Joseph, Rufus Joseph and Daletredricc Wolfford are suspects in the March 18 incident in Crystal Beach.

Morris Joseph, Rufus Joseph and Thompson are all former football players at West-Orange Stark High School in Orange, Texas.

The warrant is related to a March 18 incident on Crystal Beach where an 18-year-old man was beaten and suffered severe facial injuries.

Noah Frillou, of Orangefield, an unincorporated area in Orange County, was trying to escape a fight when he was attacked, according to claims made by his family on Facebook and to multiple media outlets.

His family said he was sucker punched and kicked by a group of men he did not know.

Thompson is a defensive back on the University of Alabama Crimson Tide football team.

Alabama head coach Nick Saban released a statement about Thompson on Friday after his arrest.

“We are still in the process of gathering all of the facts in Deionte’s situation,” Saban said. “Once we have a better understanding of what happened, we will make a determination as to what needs to be done in terms of the appropriate course of action moving forward.”

Daletredricc Wolfford, 21, turned himself in at the Orange County jail on Friday according to Beaumont TV station KBMT. It was not clear if Morris Joseph and Rufus Joseph had been arrested by Saturday afternoon.

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; john.ferguson@galvnews.com or on Twitter @johnwferguson.

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