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Grooms arrested, suspended from team

Dec. 01, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

BARBOURSVILLE -- Marshall University Thundering Herd running back Kevin Grooms was arrested Saturday morning on misdemeanor domestic battery and obstruction charges, and has been suspended from the team.

Grooms, 21, was booked in the Western Regional Jail in Barboursville at 6:55 a.m., less than 24 hours after the Herd's 59-28 victory over Eastern Carolina.

According to Huntington Police criminal complaints, officers responded to Grooms' apartment in the 2400 block of Collis Avenue twice within two hours after receiving calls of a disturbance in the early morning hours Saturday from a neighbor.

Upon the second visit, a woman answered the door with a laceration on her nose, which was not there the first time police responded.

Police said they searched the apartment and found a bottle of liquor that had been smashed on the bathroom floor. The complaints state the bottle had been broken with enough force to crack the tile in the bathroom.

Police also found blood stains on the carpet and a tissue in the bedroom with blood on it and strands of the victim's hair wrapped in it. The complaint states at that point Grooms was arrested.

The complaint does not state explicitly what occurred to prompt the obstruction charge.

Grooms was arraigned via teleconference from the Western Regional Jail by Cabell Magistrate Darrell Black. Grooms did not speak except to say he would need an attorney appointed to represent him and that he did not have a phone.

Black set Grooms' bond at $10,000.

It is the second time this year Grooms has been arrested.

In April he was charged with underage consumption and obstruction, both misdemeanor charges.

The sophomore running back was the Conference USA freshman of the year for the 2012 season.

Marshall Athletics issued a brief statement upon learning of the arrest.

"We are aware of the situation and are handling it appropriately and internally. At this time, he has been suspended indefinitely."

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