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Originally published Thursday, March 18, 2010 at 4:19 PM

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Washington freshman defensive end Andru Pulu charged with second-degree assault

Andru Pulu, who was suspended from Washington football team on March 9, charged with second-degree assault.

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Suspended University of Washington football player Andru Pulu was charged Thursday with second-degree assault in connection with an attack at an off-campus party on March 7.

Pulu turned himself in to police Tuesday morning and was released on bail from King County Jail just before 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian announced March 9 that Pulu had been suspended indefinitely from the football team for a violation of team rules.

Last week, The Seattle Times obtained a police report detailing an assault investigation involving Pulu. The incident report had the names of the alleged suspect, victim and witnesses blacked out.

According to court charging papers and police, a 22-year-old man was attacked after trying to break up a fight between two people he didn't know at a house party just north of the UW campus. He was knocked unconscious and suffered a broken nose and possible cheek fracture, according to the police report. Two witnesses said the man was struck in the face, knocked to the ground and stomped on the head. The attacker, described as a light-skinned black man, 18 to 21 years old, 6 feet 1 and 250 pounds with a muscular build.

King County Deputy Prosecutor Thomas Gahan wrote in charging documents that Pulu has no criminal history.

On Wednesday, a King County District Court judge found probable cause to hold Pulu on investigation of second-degree assault but said that if Pulu makes bail he must abide by a court-ordered curfew, reside with his parents and abstain from using drugs or alcohol or possessing firearms, according to court paperwork.

The judge ordered Pulu to avoid contact with the alleged victim and any witnesses.

Pulu will return to court March 30 to be arraigned.

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