Coach's son, player charged

LOS ANGELES -- The son of Cal State Northridge coach Bobby Braswell, along with senior guard Deon Tresvant and two others, was charged Tuesday with commercial burglary and grand theft.

The four men allegedly stole more than $6,600 in merchandise from a Best Buy store on New Year's Day, according to the Los Angeles district attorney's office.

Jeffery Robert Braswell, the 22-year-old son of the coach, was released on his own recognizance Tuesday, pending arraignment on Jan. 26, according to Jane Robison of the district attorney's office. He had been jailed since his arrest on Saturday.

The younger Braswell, who works at a Best Buy store in suburban Porter Ranch, allegedly logged onto a cash register using the password of an employee who was off on Thursday.

Braswell is accused of allowing three friends -- Tresvant, Phannuel Gbewonyo and Dallas Rutherford -- to check out merchandise without paying, the district attorney's office said. The thefts were discovered when store officials discovered a discrepancy at the register.

"Obviously, I'm disappointed with the circumstances that have taken place with my son Jeffery and the allegations regarding Deon [Tresvant] and Dallas [Rutherford]," the Northridge coach said in a statement. "At this point we will allow the judicial process to unfold. As far as my son's involvement, it is a private matter that my family and support system will deal with."

The younger Braswell is charged with one felony count of second degree commercial burglary and three felony counts of grand theft over $400. Tresvant, Gbewonyo and Rutherford are charged with one count each of felony second degree commercial burglary and grand theft over $400.

Braswell's three co-defendants, arrested on Monday, were released on $20,000 bail each. They also are scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 26.

Tresvant, a 23-year-old from Long Beach, did not play in Northridge's loss to UC Davis on Monday night. He scored a team-high 21 points in an 84-78 loss to Pacific on Friday.