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Youngstown man charged with assault at football scrimmage



Published: Sat, August 9, 2008 @ 9:48 p.m.

LIBERTY — A Youngstown man was in Trumbull County Jail late tonight, charged with stabbing an Akron man during a high school football scrimmage here.

Police Chief Richard Tisone said Fitzgerald Toussaint, 45, of West Dennick Avenue, is charged with felonious assault.

The chief said the full report would be ready Monday, but he gave this account of what happened based on information he received from his officers.

Around 11 a.m. today, there was a scrimmage between the Liberty High School and Poland Seminary High School football teams at the Liberty field.

Toussaint, who has a son playing for Liberty, showed up at the game, and eventually got into a verbal argument with his ex-wife, who also attended the scrimmage.

As the exchange between the two escalated, the ex-wife’s boyfriend, Darnell Harris, 45, of Rosewell Street, Akron, came over to see what was going on, the chief said.

Tisone said the two men then began to argue, and knives were pulled. The chief said at some point, Toussaint stabbed Harris in the chest.

Harris was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center, where a hospital spokeswoman said he released later today after treatment.

Toussaint had come to see his son, also named Fitzgerald Toussaint.

The Liberty senior, one of the Mahoning Valley’s top running backs, has rushed for more than 1,000 yards for each of the last two seasons. He is a senior and has verbally committed to the University of Michigan.


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1NewsReader(12 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

Toussaint, who has a son playing for Liberty, showed up at the game, and eventually got into a verbal argument with his ex-wife, who also attended the scrimmage.

What you had to say to your ex, now was it really that important that:

1. you had to end up in jail

2. stab some one

3. EMBARASS YOUR SON TO THE POINT THAT HE WISHES HE WAS AT MICHIGAN ALREADY.

Good example dad.

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2njb5619(10 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

I guess that's what happens when you start allowing all of youngstown to come and play for your football team.

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3hsfootballfan(1 comment)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

Youngstown Liberty has a very good and well respected football program. Njb5619's remarks are rude and uncalled for. This is an unfortunate situation and it could have happened to any high school program. I hope Mr. Toussaint can overcome this adversity and have a good senior year as well as a successful career with the University of Michigan.

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4metz87(884 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

yeah it's about football not what someone decides to do that iswrong and sometihng he will have to rememebr for the rest of his life.

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