Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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November 17, 2013

3 CU players arrested

ATHENS — Three Concord University football players, all three seniors and two of them starters, were arrested on Friday evening on charges related to a home invasion robbery that occurred Monday night in Athens, police said.

Russell Bailey Jr., 22, of Beckley; Maricco Sanders and Riyahd Richardson, both 22, and both of South Carolina, were arrested Friday by Mercer County sheriff’s deputies, West Virginia State Police and Concord University police. The three suspects were housed Friday night in the Bluefield city jail, according to Deputy H.L. Walters of the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department.

“We responded to a call Monday night concerning a home invasion robbery in Athens,” Walters said. “A fight ensued at the residence and the victims had to be hospitalized. A firearm was present in the residence, but it was not discharged during the fight. The victims reported that money and a gun were taken from the residence.”

Walters said that Mercer County sheriff’s deputies, troopers with the State Police and CU police worked together on the investigation. “The suspects knew the victims,” Walters said. “The victims are out of the hospital. We were able to find them through their football photographs.”

All three suspects were arrested on malicious wounding, petit larceny and conspiracy charges. The suspects were arraigned Saturday, but Walters was uncertain as to their post-arraignment disposition.

“We recovered the firearm,” she said. “The three individuals we arrested are the only suspects, but the case remains under investigation.”

— Contact Bill Archer at barcher@bdtonline.com

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