Cal U football player accused in beating
A California University of Pennsylvania football player accused of severely beating a Virginia man faces aggravated assault and other charges.
The incident allegedly took place early Saturday on Third Street in California.
Claudy Mathieu, 20, a redshirt freshman defensive lineman from Philadelphia, also faces misdemeanor counts of simple assault and disorderly conduct and a summary citation for harassment.
California police officer Scott Van Divner said a large crowd of people were walking on both sides of the 300 block of Third Street yelling back and forth after midnight Saturday when Mathieu ran across the street, knocked down Mashkhal Ibriham, 21, of Harrisonburg, Va., and punched him repeatedly in the face and chest.
Van Divner said he separated the two and arrested Mathieu.
Police said Ibriham was taken by Brownsville Emergency Medical Service to Monongahela Valley Hospital in Carroll Township.
However, hospital spokeswoman Corrine Laboon said Sunday there was no record of Ibriham being at the facility.
Mathieu was arraigned via video and sent to the Washington County Correctional Facility in lieu of $30,000 cash bond.
California police Chief Rick Encapera said that, although no weapon was involved, the aggravated assault charge was likely because of “the degree of injury” to the victim.
Encapera said he could not provide details of Ibriham's injuries, but confirmed he suffered a significant cut on his head.
Cal U spokeswoman Christine Kindl confirmed Mathieu has been indefinitely suspended from the football team. She said the incident will be addressed not only by the team, but also through the university's discipline process.
According to the Cal U website, Mathieu made the dean's list last spring.
Court records show that in April, a summary count of harassment against Mathieu had been withdrawn. The charges had been filed with Magisterial District Judge Joshua P. Kanalis in Centerville. Mathieu faces a preliminary hearing 9:30 a.m. Sept. 9 before Kanalis. He remained in jail Monday evening.
Rick Bruni Jr. is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-684-2635.
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