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2 Ringgold football players charged in assault

Renatta Signorini
| Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, 3:15 p.m.
Dezmier Majors (left) and Tyrese Youngblood (right)
Dezmier Majors (left) and Tyrese Youngblood (right)
Dezmier Majors
Dezmier Majors
Tyrese Youngblood
Tyrese Youngblood

Two Ringgold football players face assault charges following an alleged attack after a practice last week, according to court papers.

School district police Monday charged Dezmier Alize Majors and Tyrese Lamont Youngblood, both 18 of Donora, with simple assault after surveillance video was reviewed by school officials.

Police were notified Friday morning about an anonymous report of a fight on Sept. 13 at the high school stadium in Carroll Township, Washington County, according to complaints against both men.

District police Chief Clayton Shell reviewed video surveillance at the stadium and reported finding two instances in which the suspects attacked the victim, whose age and gender are not detailed in the complaint.

About 5:40 p.m., the victim is seen on video running out of the home team locker room with Youngblood chasing him, police said. Youngblood allegedly punched and kneed the victim in the stomach before running back into the locker room, according to the complaint.

About the same time, Majors allegedly jumped and kicked the victim twice outside the locker room. The first kick landed on the victim's right shoulder and the second kick landed at the back of the victim's neck, police said.

“The victim is propelled forward and lands face-first on the asphalt pavement,” Shell wrote in the complaint. “The accused runs back into the stadium laughing.”

School district officials issued a statement: “The Ringgold School District takes any matter involving the safety of its students very seriously. The administration is currently investigating this matter, and it will take whatever action is appropriate to address this situation. Beyond that, the Ringgold School District does not comment on matters involving students or possible disciplinary matters.”

Youngblood is charged with simple assault and harassment. He is listed as a running back and defensive end.

Majors is charged with two counts of simple assault. He is listed as a tight end and defensive end.

Both are set to graduate in 2018, according to the team's roster. Neither played during Friday's game at Belle Vernon.

A message left for the team's coach was not immediately returned. The police chief did not return a message.

Neither Youngblood nor Majors had an attorney listed in online court records. Preliminary hearings are set for Oct. 19.

Renatta Signorini is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-837-5374, or via Twitter @byrenatta.

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