Three University Of Tennessee Football Players Face Armed Robbery Charges

By: Courtesy
By: Courtesy

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Three UT football players are now facing charges of armed robbery.

A member of the UT Sports Information Department confirmed to us that Nu'Keese Richardson, 18, Janzen Jackson, 18, and Michael Edwards, 18, were arrested 2:00 a.m. Thursday.

The incident happened at the Pilot convenience store on Cumberland Avenue.

Knoxville Police spokesman Darrell DeBusk says the three victims told officers that they were outside the Pilot waiting for a friend who was inside the store, when they were approached by three black men with a gun who demanded that they victims "give us everything you've got."

The victims told police that they didn't have any money to give the robbers, and the suspects then took off in a Toyota Prius, apparently driven by a woman.

Officers stopped the suspect vehicle on near Gibbs Hall on Lake Loudoun Blvd.

"A felony stop was conducted on the vehicle," DeBusk says in the news release. "Four subjects were detained from the vehicle...In plain view, officers observed two black hoodies in the back seat [sic]. Underneath the back seat towards the middle, officers located a black, CO2 powered pellet gun."

Investigators also found what appeared to be marijuana in a plastic baggie, in addition to a marijuana grinder. The female driver, Marie Montmarquet, 22, told officers the grinder were her's, DeBusk says. The apparent bag of marijuana was found in Montmarquet's jacket, DeBusk says.

Richardson, Edwards and Jackson were taken into custody, along with the woman.

The players are each charged with three counts of attempted armed robbery. Montmarquet is charged with three counts of attempted armed robbery, simple possession of scheduled VI and possession of drug paraphernalia.

They're being held at the Knox County Jail. Jackson's bond is set at $15,000, Richardson's and Edaward's at $19,500 and Montmarquet's bond is set at $16,000.

UT Athletics Director Mike Hamilton released the following statement Thursday morning:

"At this time we are currently evaluating the circumstances surrounding an incident involving Mike Edwards, Janzen Jackson and Nu’Keese Richardson.

Any decisions or comments regarding their status will not be made until the evaluations are complete.”

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  • by Mike Location: Tullahoma, Tn on Nov 15, 2009 at 02:00 PM
    I would bet that all of these thugs have NEVER in their lives been accountable for anything that they have ever done! Attempted armed robbery is not a wrist slapping thing! It will be interesting to see how the highest paid college staff in the nation deals with these thugs. I believe that's why Phil Fulmer was shown the door right? The state of Tennessee is waiting for your answer Lane!!!!
  • by Neo Location: Reality on Nov 13, 2009 at 06:10 AM
    Lynn, these turds were never qualified students. If they didn't play football they never would have been considered for admission to UT. Why should these three nitwits remain in school when they were only in school because they could play football and were given special consideration for admission because they could play football. They likely cannot afford tuition and do not have the grades or personal character to qualify for academic scholarships. How do you propose they pay their tuition, remain on athletic scholarship even though they are off the team??? Silly! There is also the matter of a law being broken. They didn't just break a school rule or act outside of policy. They need to be prosecuted under the law and sent to prison. They can get an education in the prison like other inmates do. It's free!!! It will be just like bein' on 'skolashiip' again.
  • by Lou Location: Greenville on Nov 13, 2009 at 05:22 AM
    You can't fix stupid.
  • by T Location: Washington on Nov 13, 2009 at 03:08 AM
    Lynn..You got the boy part right. These boys had full rides, and yet they prefer to act as animals. These morons should have been studying, looking at game film, working out, or something constructive. Don't understand this, yet somehow it does not surprise me. Guess they will grow up and learn the hard way, although we will foot the bill. Go figure!!
  • by Lynn Location: knoxville on Nov 12, 2009 at 08:46 PM
    I don't blame Kiffin or Hamilton's. Teenagers, esp. boys, think they are invinsible. I bet they thought they were too sly to get caught. They may have been foolishly testing their inflated self-esteem and arrogance. Consider James Banks. All star in IN, etc. He probably got a little too big for his britches and thought he was sly enough to get away with the things he did, too. Reality check, though, boys; you are not above the rest of the world; in the adult world people are smarter than you think! And now you have bigger consequences for your behavior; slaps on the wrist are over. I think they need to be kicked off the team and lose any athletic-related scholarships. I don't think it's fair to kick them out of schol because plenty of students do stupid things. We just don't hear about it because they are not in the public eye.
  • by Neo Location: Reality on Nov 12, 2009 at 08:11 PM
    Jason, you don't understand at all. These kids are recruited as 17 and 18 year olds. Criminal records are most likely juvy records and would be sealed. These coaches do background checks to the extent that they can already. They gather information about the character of these turds from teachers, principals, guidance counselors, pastors and any other person from the community that will talk to them. Not to defend Coach Kiffin or the other SEC coaches, they are known to overlook obvious character flaws, but these teachers, principals, community leaders and yes, pastors lie to these coaches all the time. They lie for many reasons including a reluctance to hold a thug back from an opportunity to get out of the hood and because believe it or not, there is a subculture in our country that doesn't have very high standards for one's personal conduct. They excuse assaults as young men gettin' they "respect", robbery as young men takin' that which has been wrongfully denied them, etc.
  • by Dee Location: Alabama on Nov 12, 2009 at 05:37 PM
    Take heart Tennessee fans- at least these players will still be wearing orange. This game day it will be a jumpsuit without the T!
  • by rich Location: seattle on Nov 12, 2009 at 05:28 PM
    Look into the situation the school says. How about kicking them out of school pull any scholarships that they might have and give them to kids that really want to learn. But that will not happen, obammie boy will step in and say that the police acted stupidly.
  • by Bobby Location: Decatur on Nov 12, 2009 at 05:27 PM
    You go Mr ask for it and you got it....Just when I thought the integrity of the program was already at its lowest point ever with that nim wit you call a goes even lower..I have been a UT fan for 53 years...but no more!!
  • by Jason Location: greenville on Nov 12, 2009 at 01:43 PM
    these kids were really stupid. At least one of them came up with the bright idea that doing this was going to be fun. i dont really think the coaches or recruites should be held at fault or that they should start doing background checks. when you do that you will start eliminating every kid who did something dumb but either with help or maturity turned themselves around. These dummies probably didnt even have a record.
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