Orange men arrested for Crystal Beach assault

Published 8:36 am Monday, April 17, 2017

By Eric Williams

The Orange Leader


Two out of the four men wanted in a spring break assault in Galveston County have been arrested. Deionte Thompson, 20, of Orange, turned himself in on a warrant for felony aggravated assault and fugitive from justice charges Friday at the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s office in Alabama where he is currently attending the University of Alabama.

Daletredricc Wolfford, 21, turned himself in Friday for aggravated assault at the Orange County Jail. Both Thompson and Wolfford bonded out of jail on Friday afternoon.

Morris Joseph, 18, and Rufus Joseph, 18, are still being sought on felony aggravated assault charges from the fight and have not turned themselves in yet.

Morris Joseph and Rufus Joseph played for West-Orange-Stark this past year and Thompson played for the school through 2014. Thompson is currently a red shirt freshman on the University of Alabama football team website. Thompson won the Willie Ray Smith award for 2014 and Morris Joseph was a finalist for the award in 2016.

The Galveston County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the assault of Noah Frillou, 18, who was severely beaten at Crystal Beach on March 18, 2017, over spring break.

Frillou was knocked unconscious after he tried to escape the fight that broke out on the beach. He was picked up by family after he was hurt and then taken to Baptist hospital where doctors said he had several bones broken in his face including his nose and the area around his eye socket, and suffered a major concussion.

“He allegedly got to close to a mistaken party, this is when he was blindsided by a sucker punch to the face while his back was turned,” Frillou said.

According to information obtained from The Galveston County Sheriffs’ Office, they responded to the scene after a fight was reported but by the time deputies arrived in the area there was no fight and the crowd had dispersed according to Major Douglas Hudson.

Officials were able to obtain warrants on the four men by information from witnesses and cell phone video captured of the assault.

The Galveston County Sheriff’s say they received 600 calls for service along Crystal Beach during spring break and made a total of 36 arrests.

According to Hudson, most of the arrests were for minor in possession of alcohol or minors driving while intoxicated. Four were arrested for disorderly conduct or fighting on the beach, five were arrested for public intoxication and five more were arrested for possession of marijuana.