Timothy Brown, a defensive lineman from Riviera Beach, Florida, who committed to Pitt on June 22, was charged with robbery, felony battery and kidnapping during a felony after police alleged that he was involved in a violent incident in the parking lot of a Walmart.
The incident occurred last Thursday afternoon, according to Eliot Kleinberg and Ryan DiPentima of the Palm Beach Post, when Brown and three other students from Palm Beach Gardens High School allegedly jumped an 18-year-old man outside of a Walmart in Lake Park, Florida, aimed a gun at his face, and later threw him from a moving vehicle.
Brown, who turned 18 in September, is now on house arrest after being booked in the Palm Beach County Jail on Friday. The other three alleged assailants were not charged as adults and were not named in the report. However, it was noted that two of them were on the Palm Beach Gardens football team with Brown.
The victim of the alleged assault identified Brown as the person who pointed the gun at him and said that the group pulled him into an SUV after assaulting him. He said he was then pushed from the vehicle while it was in motion. A witness corroborated his account of the events, which were also recorded on a surveillance camera. However, no gun was found during a search of Brown's residence.
Karyn Hart, the athletic director at Palm Beach Gardens High School, did not provide an update on Brown's academic or athletic status after the incident. Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi has also not commented publicly on Brown's status with the program at this time.