Five men face charges in connection with Sunday’s incident at Cleveland Browns Stadium involving members of Washington Redskins linebacker London Fletcher’s family, according to a Cleveland Police Department report.
Jermaine T. Robinson, Asu A. Robinson, Devonte D. Robinson, Michael George and Terence B. Woods were arrested on charges of assaulting a Peace Officer, aggravated riot and resisting arrest. Simple assault on a peace officer is a felony.
It’s uncertain which men were relatives of Fletcher’s. He said on NFL Network on Monday morning that four relatives were arrested.
According to Cleveland Police, Jermaine Robinson was taunting Browns fans during Sunday’s game, won 38-21 by the Redskins. The peace officer, Sgt. James Neal, observed Robinson running toward the field and arguing, saying that he was related to Fletcher.
Neal decided to eject Robinson from the stadium for fan conduct violations. According to the report, Yvette Houston, Fletcher’s aunt, and Asu Robinson tried to grab Neal as he was attempting to grab Jermaine Robinson to take him out of the stadium.
Asu Robinson pushed Neal, punched him to the ground and kicked and punched him on the ground, then verbally berated him, the police report states. When Asu Robinson got away, Woods and George began pushing Neal to keep him from getting to Robinson, the report said.
It was at that point, with the assistance of other officers, that Asu Robinson was arrested. Concurrently, the “riot moved into the concourse area” where the other four men were arrested for their involvement, according to the report.
Each man was under the influence of alcohol, according to the report. There was no mention of the use of a taser, which had been previously reported by WEWS, the ABC affiliate in Cleveland.
Fletcher said stadium security was responsible for escalating the situation, which he said began when Browns fans threw things at his family members.
“Really, what led to the whole ruckus was something that happened with stadium security. As opposed to diffusing the situation, they were more instigators,” Fletcher said on a conference call with Washington media Monday afternoon. “They didn’t diffuse the situation. It wasn’t even with the fans at that point in time. I think one of the stadium workers, he went overboard with what his job responsibilities were.”
At the time Fletcher spoke on the conference call, there had been no charges.