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MU's Evans charged in robberies

Aug. 31, 2011 @ 12:09 AM

HUNTINGTON -- A member of Marshall's football team was arrested Tuesday in connection with a string of armed robberies that took place over the weekend.

Troy Evans, 21, was arrested on Marshall University's campus without incident, according to a release from Huntington Police Department.

He is charged with four counts of armed robbery, and one count of wanton endangerment. Evans was booked in the Western Regional jail on $250,000 bond at 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Evans, a senior wide receiver from Oakland, Calif., and junior college transfer, was expected to play a large role in the Thundering Herd's offense this season. He was noted for his versatility in being able to play in a variety of spots on the field as a wideout.

The robberies he's accused of occurred Aug. 28 in the 1500 block of 6th Avenue between 2:30 and 2:40 a.m.

The Marshall athletics department released a brief statement earlier Tuesday saying Evans had been suspended indefinitely from the team, but did not make any reference to the robberies. The statement said there would be no further comment on the issue.

Police said they would answer more questions Wednesday.

Three of the four robbery victims were Marshall students. All four victims were male.

The first incident involved two victims who said they were approached by a man who brandished a handgun and demanded their wallets. They gave up their wallets, and ran away when the man pointed the gun at a third victim who was walking on the sidewalk, according to police reports.

The fourth victim, Dustin Manns, 20, said a man approached him and asked him for a cigarette. Manns said he didn't smoke and kept walking, but the man followed him and pointed a gun in his face and demanded his wallet.

Manns said he refused, and then was struck in the head with the gun. He said the man tried to flee with Manns in tow as two HPD cruisers came down the street. Manns said the man tried to hide behind some bushes but slipped, causing the gun to go off. Manns said he was able to get away at that point and the suspect fled.

The arrest comes just days before Marshall opens its season, on Sunday, Sept. 4 against West Virginia University in the Friends of Coal Bowl in Morgantown.

The arrest is another in a series of off-field problems for the Herd from spring practice into the fall, which has seen the dismissal of safeties Donald Brown and Joe Johnson and linebacker Brian Robinson. Running back Tron Martinez was arrested on a misdemeanor charge, but remains with the team.

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