Affidavit: Mutual friend tells police Crystal Beach brawl was 'a misunderstanding'
A 17-year-old student at Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School told investigators that the Crystal Beach brawl, which resulted in four arrests, was "a misunderstanding" and one of the suspects did not mean for it to happen, according to probable cause affidavit obtained by KFDM/6 News on Fox.
Noah Frillou suffered permanent injuries to his face after police say he was assaulted last week by four men, three of which have recently played for the football state champion West Orange-Stark Mustangs.
Deionte Thompson, Morris Joseph, Rufus Joseph and Daletredricc Wolfford are all charged with assault in the March 18 incident.
Morris and Rufus Joseph were members of last year's WO-S championship team. Thompson last played for the Mustangs in 2014 and is now a safety for the Alabama Crimson Tide.
On April 5, nearly three weeks after the incident, two Galveston County deputies traveled to LC-M in Orange to speak with potential witnesses.
A student there told them that he had not seen the fight, but "heard a racial slur was said, and Morris Joseph just lost it."
The student, who is not identified in the affidavit, told police he was friends with Frillou and Morris Joseph.
According to the student, Morris Joseph told him that when he hit Frillou and "messed him up, it was a misunderstanding, he did not mean for it to happen."
Another witness told detectives she was at the beach with family and friends when they "heard about some kids that they knew being inappropriate and causing a fuss."
That witness and two other women, described in the affidavit as "moms," rode a golf cart on the beach down to the larger group.
That's when the witness said she saw a large, very tall, very stocky built" man hit Frillou in the face.
Frillou fell to the ground and two smaller men began kicking him, the witness told detectives.
She stopped paying attention when another man nearby "got tazed," the affidavit states.
After speaking with Frillou and his mother on March 28, a detective called Morris Joseph and they agreed to meet at WO-S for an interview. Morris Joseph, 18, stipulated that he first needed to speak with his mother before speaking with the detective, the affidavit states.
The detective went to the school with a West Orange police officer, but they found out Morris Joseph had left the school quickly, shortly before their arrival, the affidavit states.
The school secretary told the officers that it was made clear to Morris Joseph that he could not leave since school was not yet over for the day, but he walked out anyway, according to the affidavit.
The detective from Galveston County went to Morris Joseph's home in Orange, knocked and no one answered the door.
On April 11, a witness identified Rufus Joseph by his clothing. He, along with Thompson and Wolfford, are accused of stomping Frillou was he was down.
Read the affidavits against all four of them here: