As expected, the King County Prosecutor's Office announced today that Washington receiver Damore'ea Stringfellow will be charged with two counts of fourth-degree assault and one count of malicious mischief in connection with a Feb. 2 incident in the University District. Each of the charges is a gross misdemeanor.
Stringfellow is schedule to be arraigned on April 16 in King County District Court. No charges will be filed against quarterback Cyler Miles, who was also connected to the altercations, due to insufficient evidence.
According to court documents, Stringfellow and Miles were seen near the site of burning couches and mattresses at the corner of 19th Avenue NE and NE 47th Street following the Seattle Seahawks victory over the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl. Miles was wearing a Broncos beanie and Stringfellow was seen shoving a Broncos hat or beanie into the faces of celebrating Seahawks fans, according to charging papers.
After an unknown man took Stringfellow's hat and threw it "either on the ground or toward the fire," the man and Stringfellow began fighting. Bystanders stepped in to separate the two, and a woman -- named as one of the assault victims in the charging documents -- snapped "multiple pictures" of the aftermath of the fight, though court documents claim she didn't know exactly what she was photographing.
Upon realizing the woman had photographed him, according to court documents, Stringfellow reached aggressively for the woman's camera. Witness statements varied in regards to the nature of the struggle, with some saying the woman was "shaken around violently" and others saying she was "moved around a little bit."
Stringfellow allegedly hit the woman in the head during the struggle, and she passed out, though court documents note that she had not been feeling well and it's not known if she passed out due to contact from Stringfellow or from her illness.
The lens of the woman's camera either broke off or came loose in Stringfellow's hand, he threw it toward the fire, and Stringfellow and Miles left as the woman was carried to a fraternity house.
The malicious mischief charge stems from the alleged damage to the woman's camera.
At about 8:30 the same night -- the woman told police she went outside at 7:40 p.m., so this wasn't long after the first incident -- a man identified as the second assault victim was walking with his girlfriend in the 2300 block of NE 55th Street. Miles and Stringfellow got out of a car parked on the south side of the street and approached the man and his girlfriend.
According to court documents, one of the players asked if the man and his girlfriend were Seahawks fans. The man replied, "yeah of course, are you Broncos fans?" and added "tough night to be a Broncos fan" when Stringfellow replied yes.
The man and his girlfriend tried to walk past Miles and Stringfellow, according to court documents, but Stringfellow blocked the man's path and stood very close to him. When the man lifted his hands"in front of and close to" to his chest, Stringfellow, who said he felt threatened, pushed the man into a hedge, according to court documents.
When the man pushed back, Stringfellow began punching him, "striking him at least once in the lower jaw," according to charging papers. The man tried to run away toward an apartment building, but Stringfellow and Miles both chased him, and Stringfellow again punched him, this time in the head and cheek, according to charging papers.
An unknown female yelled from the car for Miles and Stringfellow to get back in, which they did, and the car left the scene as people from nearby apartments began coming outside to see what was going on.
The man told police he couldn't recall if anything else was said by either player. He sustained a black eye and cut lip, along with scrapes on his elbows, according to charging papers.
Both the man and his girlfriend told police that Stringfellow was the primary aggressor and that Miles was backing him up and acting aggressively too, but, according to charging papers, "neither could state with any certainty that Miles actually struck (the man) during the assault."
Miles and Stringfellow remain suspended from the UW football team. Neither has practiced this spring.
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