North Dakota State star linebacker Travis Beck arrested for felony assault

North Dakota State star linebacker Travis Beck arrested for felony assault

[dropcap]N[/dropcap]orth Dakota State star linebacker Travis Beck has been suspended indefinitely after allegedly hitting a man until he was unconscious.

beckBeck was involved in an altercation early Sunday morning after the downtown Fargo bars closed. According to a Fargo Police report, Beck allegedly struck 24-year-old Matthew Aanenson several times, knocking him unconscious.

According to the report, an officer asked Beck to return to the scene while the officer checked on the victim, but Beck continued walking away. The officer ran after Beck and he was apprehended following a struggle.

Beck was charged with aggravated assault, a Class C felony that carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and $5,000 in fines. He also faces a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest.

NDSU head coach Craig Bohl suspended Beck from the team pending an investigation. In a written statement, Bohl said:

“Due to the serious nature of the charge of violence, Travis Beck will go through the university judicial process as a student, and as an athlete will be suspended indefinitely from team activities pending further information. Bison football has a zero tolerance for acts of violence.”

Beck was named MVP of the 2011 Division I FCS title game, the first of NDSU’s back-to-back national championships.

Last season, Beck finished second on the team with 98 tackles, including nine tackles for loss, three sacks and four forced fumbles. He played every down on defense in a 14-1 season that ended with NDSU’s 39-13 win over Sam Houston State in the FCS title game.

This isn’t Beck’s first run-in with the law while at North Dakota State. Last fall, the Calio, N.D. native was fined and sentenced to 40 hours of community service after pleading guilty to underage drinking, and a charge of resisting arrest was dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

This was the first felony assault charge for a Bison football player in Bohl’s 10 years at NDSU.

Photo: David Samson/The Forum

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