POSTED: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 - 6:50pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 - 6:51pm
LAS CRUCES, N.M. — New Mexico State University basketball player Tyrone Watson was arrested and charged Wednesday with a felony for allegedly hitting a man at house party in late January.
Tyrone Watson, 22, was charged with with a third-degree felony count of aggravated battery causing great bodily harm for allegedly grabbing 19-year-old Miguel Rascon by the neck and hitting him at least once, according to Las Cruces Police.
"He's been captain, he's been a very solid citizen but unfortunately in a moment of bad judgement there are consequences," said Athletics Director Dr. McKinley Boston after learning of the arrest.
Police said Watson became upset with Rascon, who is an NMSU student, at house party January 26th when he saw Rascon dancing with his girlfriend.
Police said Watson left the party after the incident and later that morning called an LCPD sergeant he had met before.
They add Watson told the sergeant that he became upset when he saw his girlfriend and the 19-year-old man dancing in what he believed to be an inappropriate manner.
Witnesses told Local 4 News they were absolutely positive they saw Tyrone Watson attack Miguel Rascon at a house party.
Police said they learned Watson grabbed the 19-year-old’s neck and forced him toward an outside doorway where he punched the man at least once.
They said Rascon fell to the ground and witnesses told detectives that other partygoers then pulled Watson off the man.
A family member said Rascon suffered multiple facial fractures, 10 stitches, and a broken nose.
Watson did not suit up on the team's last road trip and has been suspended indefinitely.
Dr. Boston said Wednesday due to the felony charge, Watson has been suspended administratively by his office.
Watson will have 72 hours to appeal the suspension before a committee that will recommend if he's reinstated or if the suspension is upheld.
Boston said he will have the final say on the senior forward's future.
Watson is currently being held under a $5,000 bond at the Dona Ana County Detention Center.