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Ithiel Horton charged with aggravated assault after allegedly hitting cop

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Pitt shooting guard Ithiel Horton was arrested early Saturday morning after an incident involving a tow truck driver. According to Craig Meyer of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Horton was arrested in Pittsburgh’s South Side neighborhood for hitting a police officer in the face after they responded to an altercation between Horton and the tow truck driver.

Police responded to the altercation just after 1 a.m. at the 1700 block of East Carson Street. According to the report, the altercation began after the tow truck driver attempted to tow Horton’s vehicle. Police said this angered Horton, and an altercation ensued.

Police said that when they responded, Horton yelled at them after they said the car could not be taken off the tow truck. An officer then tried to handcuff Horton, but Horton ran away. Police then gave chase, and Horton fell. And when they caught up to Horton, police say Horton struck an officer in the face.

The University of Pittsburgh Department of Athletics is aware of the report and issued a statement on Saturday morning.

“We are aware of the report regarding one of our student-athletes but will decline comment until additional information is gathered.”

Horton now faces a list of charges that includes aggravated assault, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness. According to court documents, a preliminary hearing regarding the matter is currently set to take place on Nov. 18. Pitt is set to open its season against the Citadel on Tuesday.