KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – Sources tell us two Western Michigan University football players are in custody right now, after allegedly holding up a female student with a semi-automatic weapon and a knife in an area off campus.
WMU officials confirmed that 20-year-old Bryson White, a wide receiver for the WMU football team, and 18-year-old Ron George, a linebacker for WMU football, were both arrested overnight in a car on campus with weapons and stolen money.
According to WMU Police, the incident happened at an apartment complex on California St. around 9 p.m. on Friday.
Original reports indicated that the robbery happened at Draper Hall on WMU’s campus where one of the suspects lived, but WMU officials have confirmed that it was a search warrant that was served at the location by KDPS. According to WMU officials police had to force their way into the room, because the key broke off in the lock.
Jail records confirm they are in custody right now at the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office and the suspects could be arraigned on Sunday.
WMU’s football coach PJ Fleck released an exclusive statement to us about the incident.
“Having heard this news early this morning, I took action to immediately suspend both freshman players indefinitely. We expect to learn more about these allegations today. I’m extremely disappointed and want to assure the community that this kind of conduct is unacceptable and does not represent the values of this team or this university. The students will be held accountable to all University student- code, Athletic-student athlete and Football Code of conduct standards. Violations of these standards can lead to dismissal from the team and University.”
WMU Spokesperson Cheryl Roland said there was no safety risk to other students and that the university is no allowing the two suspects back on campus at this time.
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