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TCU suspends defensive end Mike Tuaua after robbery arrest

TCU has suspended senior defensive end Mike Tuaua after he was arrested on robbery charges. 

TCU has suspended senior defensive end Mike Tuaua after he was arrested on robbery charges, the school confirmed Monday

Tuaua was arrested Monday on charges of robbery with bodily injury. TCU receiver Andre Petties-Wilson was also reportedly arrested in connection with the incident. 

According to a police affidavit, Tuaua was with two other people in the front yard of a home near the TCU campus around 11:30 p.m. on Sept. 4 when one of the people threw a can of beer at two passersby. 

The victim asked who threw the beer, at which point a black male wearing the type of backpack issued to TCU athletes punched the victim in the head, according to police. Two other suspects joined the third man in kicking and punching the victim while he was “laying on the ground in the fetal position,” the victim’s friend told police. 

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Tuaua is accused of running off into an alley with a 30-pack of Keystone Light beer that he stole from the victim. 

Tuaua has played in 24 of TCU’s 25 games since arriving on campus. He was fourth on the team with five sacks last season.

Tuaua recorded three tackles and a half sack in TCU’s season opener, one day before the alleged incident, and has not played since. 

TCU has already lost several key defensive players to injury this season. 

- Dan Gartland