Assault charges withdrawn against Pitt football player Tyrone Ezell, summary offense filed

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Assault and related charges against a University of Pittsburgh football player filed this summer were withdrawn Wednesday, but Homestead police filed a count of summary harassment today.

Homestead police in August charged Tyrone Ezell, 23, of Munhall, with simple assault, disorderly conduct and harassment after a 21-year-old woman accused him of punching her in the mouth July 30 during a fight also involving his relatives.

Homestead Cpl. Jeffrey Luptak said today the court told him he could file a summary offense against Mr. Ezell, his father, Albert, and their two accusers.

The elder Mr. Ezell, whose similar charges also were withdrawn Wednesday, now too faces the same harassment charge. Cpl. Luptak said he didn't cite the accusers today, though, because he doesn't have a complainant or victim.

Tyrone Ezell's attorney Martin Scoratow said this about the charge: "We will defend it vigorously."

The elder Mr. Ezell's attorney, Ryan H. James, said his client has denied the accusations from the start.

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