Four men have been indicted in a March assault that left an 18-year-old severely injured on Crystal Beach.

Deionte Thompson, 20, Morris Joseph Jr., 19, Rufus Joseph, 19, and Daletredricc Wolfford, 21, have all been charged with second-degree felony assault.

The indictments were handed up by a Galveston County grand jury last week. They had been arrested in April.

The charges stem from a March 18 incident on Crystal Beach during which 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 news organizations. His family said he was “sucker punched” and kicked by a group of men he did not know. Witnesses told police the attack was preceded by someone using a racial slur.

The men were identified by cellphone videos and witness statements.

Morris Joseph, Rufus Joseph and Thompson are all former players on the West Orange-Stark High School football team.

Thompson is now a member of the Alabama Crimson Tide football team. He is a redshirt player this year. His lawyer has denied he was involved in the attack. Alabama coach Nick Saban released a statement saying the school was following the progress of the case, and was withholding judgments until the legal process was over.

The aggravated assault charges are second-degree felonies. If found guilty, the men face between two and 20 years in prison and fines of up to $10,000.

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; or on Twitter @johnwferguson.

Senior Reporter


(1) comment

Ron Shelby

Hmmm....If he was trying to "escape a fight"...which implies you know a fight is do you get "sucker punched" which implies you don't know its coming? Something is already starting to look wrong with the frillou side's story. From which side was the racial slur supposed to have originated? I think I can guess.

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