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Pittsburgh Panthers’ top-returning scorer Ithiel Horton arrested for allegedly hitting cop

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Oct 12, 2021; Charlotte, NC, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers guard Ithiel Horton (0) speaks to the media at the ACC Tip Off at Charlotte Marriott City Center. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 12, 2021; Charlotte, NC, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers guard Ithiel Horton (0) speaks to the media at the ACC Tip Off at Charlotte Marriott City Center. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh guard Ithiel Horton was arrested this weekend after allegedly assaulting a police officer.

He was charged with aggravated assault, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness, according to records obtained by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

When police responded to reports of an altercation between a motorist and a tow truck driver at about 1 a.m. ET on Saturday, Horton “punched a responding officer in the face, causing a laceration to his lip,” records show.

Horton, 21, fled the scene on foot before being arrested and taken to Allegheny County Jail.

The 6-foot-5 junior is the Panthers’ top returning scorer after averaging 8.9 points in 22 games (18 starts) in 2020-21. Horton sat out the 2019-20 season after transferring from Delaware, where he averaged 13.2 points in 33 games (23 starts) in 2018-19.

“We are aware of a report regarding one of our student-athletes, but will decline comment until additional information is gathered,” the school said in a statement released Saturday.

Pitt opens the 2021-22 regular season at home Tuesday against The Citadel.

–Field Level Media