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January 19, 2014
Tony Brown arrested
University of Alabama freshman cornerback Tony Brown was arrested Saturday night on charges of failure to obey and resisting arrest.
Brown posted bail, which was set at $1,500, and was released Sunday.
Brown enrolled at Alabama in January as one of eight early enrollees. He was rated a five-star prospect from Beaumont, Texas, choosing the Crimson Tide over LSU, Texas A&M and Texas.
"Coach Saban is aware of the situation and will handle it appropriately once he has a chance to review all of the information," UA Associate Athletics Director for Football Media Relations Jeff Purinton told The Tuscaloosa News.
The Tuscaloosa Police Department released the following statement Sunday night about the incident.
Incident at Campus Way Apartments
Tuscaloosa Police responded to a loud party and underage drinking complaint at Campus Way Apartments (301 Helen Keller Blvd) at 12:53 am on 1/19/14. Officers arrived on scene and located a large party at one of the apartments. While investigating the complaint officers found probable cause to arrest Chavis Taylor for Disorderly Conduct and Resisting Arrest. As officers were walking Taylor to a patrol unit a large crowed (approximately 40 individuals) followed and gathered around officers. Officers told the crowd multiple times to disperse. Officers warned one individual (Tony Brown) multiple times to back up and leave the parking lot. The individual would walk a few steps away and then would walk right back towards officers. The officers warned the individual that if he did not leave the parking lot he would be arrested. The individual yelled threatening profanity at the officer and stepped toward the officers again. At the time the officer grabbed the suspect to take him into custody. The suspect pulled away resisting officers. Officers used pepper spray on the suspect and forced him to the ground and took him into custody. Both suspects were transported to the Tuscaloosa County Jail.
Chavis Kentrell Taylor, 22 years old, of Tuscaloosa was charged with Disorderly Conduct and Resisting Arrested. He was placed in the Tuscaloosa County Jail pending a $1,500.00 Bond.
Tony Mendell Brown, 18 years old, of Beaumont TX was charged with Failure to Obey and Resisting Arrest. He was placed in the Tuscaloosa County Jail pending a $1,500.00 Bond.
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