Burglary charge dropped against Texans running back

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Saturday, August 6, 2022
Burglary charge dropped against Texans running back
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We're told that after Darius Anderson's attorney presented video obtained by ABC13 and text messages to the district attorney, the charge was dismissed.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Charges have been dropped against Houston Texans running back Darius Anderson.

Anderson was accused last month of burglarizing his ex-girlfriend's townhouse in the Museum District and then trying to assault her.

He was charged with burglary of a habitation, but the charge was dismissed after his attorney presented video first obtained by ABC13 to prosecutors. In addition, body cam video from responding officers and text messages between the two painted a more complete picture of what happened on July 15. That led the Harris County District Attorney's Office to dismiss the charges on Friday morning.

"Following additional investigation, the burglary of a habitation charge against Darius Anderson has been dismissed," said Dane Schiller, spokesman for the district attorney's office. "There is insufficient evidence in this case, and as a result, we have a duty to dismiss it."

"I spoke to him earlier this morning," said Anderson's attorney Kelly Benavides. "He couldn't be happier. He is so happy to have this put behind him so he can move on and concentrate on a winning season with the Texans."

ABC13 was at the Texans training camp, where head coach Lovie Smith spoke about Anderson after the charges were dismissed.

"Well, my thoughts about that is when it initially happened, of course, I reached out to him, and he told me that charges have to be dropped because it didn't happen that way. Normally when things come up like that, we let it play out in the system. I'm glad that they came to that conclusion," Smith said.

Court records show that last month, Anderson's ex-girlfriend told police that she came home from getting coffee at about 7 a.m., and found Anderson's car parked in front of her garage. She claimed she then drove down the street for a while, eventually returning to her home about 15 minutes later. The woman told police that Anderson then forced his way into her home and didn't leave until she locked herself in a bathroom and called police.

In an exclusive video obtained by ABC13, we can see both people were definitely on site that morning. At 7:19 a.m., the video shows a white car pulling up to the garage of the townhome, and a woman getting out. Moments later, a black car also pulls up, and Anderson gets out. He walks to the woman, and the two exchange some words before both go inside.

Court documents allege the woman did not want Anderson to follow her, and that once inside the townhouse, he allegedly tried to assault her, and took some shoes before driving away. The video shows Anderson driving away a few minutes later. The woman pulled her car into the garage. Police were called, and court records show they arrived at about 7:38 a.m.

Anderson and his attorney found a warrant was issued for his arrest when they saw it on TV. They went to the courthouse, and his bond was set at $20,000 and the case was reset.

Anderson played football at George Ranch High School in Fort Bend County, where he was a star athlete, leading his team to a state championship in 2015.

He went on to play for Texas Christian University from 2016 to 2019, when he led in rushing his senior year.

Anderson signed a reserve/futures contract with the Texans in January. He was added to the team's practice squad in December 2021 and has not yet played in an NFL game, according to information from the league.

Anderson was previously signed to a reserve/futures contract with the Indianapolis Colts in January 2021, but was waived by the club later that year, in August.

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