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Terrance Deshawn Hooks

OREM — Two Brigham Young University football players have been suspended from the team following a water-balloon incident at an Orem apartment complex that led to the arrests of the athletes.

The players, reserve linebacker Terrance Deshawn Hooks, 20, and reserve tight end Vitale "Vic" Ta'Aaga Magauli So'oto, 19, were arrested Saturday.

The two men are accused of breaking down two doors at Parkway Crossing Apartment complex at 1140 S. 1350 West, Orem, in an attempt to confront people who police say were tossing water balloons out a third-story window.

Hooks and So'oto were booked into the Utah County Jail at about 3 a.m. Saturday for investigation of burglary of a residence, criminal mischief and assault. Both bailed out Monday on $2,500 cash or bond bail.

"This is a matter we take very seriously," BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall said in a statement. "As a result, both players have been suspended from the football team as of Sunday evening."

Mendenhall said details of the suspension will be based on the legal outcome, as well as the "expectation of conduct that is required of members of this football program."

Police say Hooks and So'oto wanted to fight two college-age students who had been launching water balloons. One of those balloons hit Hooks' girlfriend, Natalie Dew, 19, said Orem Police Lt. Doug Edwards.

Dew, who was booked for investigation of the same crimes, was wet but not hurt and began yelling at the people who tossed the balloons, Edwards said.

She then threatened to come back with friends, according to police.

Dew returned with Hooks and So'oto, Edwards said, and they went inside the complex to confront the balloon-throwers, Edwards said.

The men approached an apartment and broke down the door, only to discover it was the wrong apartment, police said. They knocked on another wrong apartment door before arriving at the right apartment.

When the occupants, who were hiding in the bedroom, didn't open the door, the two men bashed in that door as well, Edwards said.

"It was three or four good kicks, getting through a dead-bolt, (tearing) the door frame apart," he said. "They kicked it pretty good."

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Residents in the first apartment the players broke into called apartment security. Orem police were alerted and arrived "in the nick of time" and prevented any actual violence between the parties, Edwards said.

Hooks, So'oto and Dew, who are sophomores at BYU, are still attending classes, but the incident has been referred to the BYU Honor Code Office for review, said BYU spokeswoman Carri Jenkins.

Hooks has already entered a plea of not guilty through his attorney, C. Danny Frazier, in 4th District Court.

The three individuals will appear in court again April 16 at 8:30 a.m.

The two balloon throwers didn't go "unscathed," Edwards said. They received misdemeanor citations for disorderly conduct.

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