Friday, March 11, 2011

Ouch! Four Auburn players arrested, charged with armed robbery UPDATED: Kicked off the team

Via WLTZ 38 News:

JailAubie Four Auburn University football players were arrested on Friday.

20-year-old Antonio M. Goodwin, 19-year-old Kowaski Q. Kitchens, 22-year-old Michael A. McNeil, and 19-year-old Harrison D. Mosley were all arrested just before 12:30 a.m., when officers responded to a home in the 2300 block of Wire Road in reference to a robbery.

According to the five victims present, three men entered the residence with one displaying a handgun. Police say they got away with personal property.  No injuries were reported. A patrolman responding to the area observed what he believed to be the suspect vehicle based on a description he was given. Officers stopped the vehicle in the 1200 block of Wire Road and four suspects were taken into custody.

A pistol and the stolen property was recovered at the scene. The men are charged with five counts of first degree robbery, one count of first degree burglary, and one count of third degree theft of property.

Goodwin, Kitchens, McNeil, and Mosley were transported to the Lee County Detention Center where each is being held on a $511,000 bond.

Wow. Pretty incriminating press release from Auburn Police. They say they have recovered both the weapon and the stolen property from the “scene,” which is presumably the getaway vehicle.

Auburn lost 24 seniors from the 2010 SEC and BCS Championship team and were expected to have a big rebuilding year in 2011. Losing these four can’t help, despite an impressive 2011 class on National Signing Day.

A press conference is reportedly scheduled for 4:00 pm CST. More details should be forthcoming then.

UPDATE: All four players have been dismissed from the team, per Gene Chizik statement.

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