Virginia Tech safety Devon Hunter, a graduate of Indian River High in Chesapeake, was arrested Sunday afternoon by the Christiansburg Police and charged with strangling another to cause wound or injury and simple assault against a family member, according to the Montgomery County Jail.
The strangulation charge is a felony, while the assault charge is a misdemeanor. Hunter, who was indefinitely suspended Monday from Tech’s football team, is being held in Montgomery County Jail without bond until a scheduled court appearance. He was arrested at 3:10 p.m. Sunday, according to the jail.
Under Tech’s conduct policies, athletes are immediately suspended from participation in all team events until felony charges are resolved. Athletes who are convicted of or plead guilty to or no contest to a felony charge will be dismissed from Tech’s athletic programs.
In Virginia, strangulation is a class 6 felony with maximum penalties upon conviction of one to five years in state prison and a fine up to $2,500. It could carry a penalty of up to a year in jail, and a fine up to $2,500.
Simple assault is a class 1 misdemeanor in Virginia, carrying a maximum penalty upon conviction of up to a year in jail.
Hunter’s arrest was first reported by the Roanoke Times.
Hunter, a 6-foot, 220-pound redshirt junior who was a projected starter at strong safety this season, didn’t “uphold the high standards we have for our student athletes,” according to a Monday release from Virginia Tech’s athletic department.
Tech coach Justin Fuente won’t comment on student conduct issues until the matter is resolved, according to the release. He also didn’t comment on Hunter’s arrest.
Last month, Fuente heaped praise on Hunter, who played in 10 games in 2017 as a highly touted true freshman, moved to the outside linebacker/nickel back position in the ’18 season and played in just four games before redshirting and returned last season to safety, where he backed up starter Reggie Floyd.
“There are guys that you just see them every day working and trying to lead and do the right thing and you just want them to have success so bad, and that’s how I feel about Devon right now,” Fuente said in August. “He just has been a great leader. He has great work ethic, a great attitude and has really come along to be a guy that people look up to in the locker room. Our kids have a tremendous amount of respect for him. Our coaches have a tremendous amount of respect for him. We can’t wait to get him out there and let him have some success, because he’s just been so great behind the scenes for so many years.”
Given how he lauded Hunter’s leadership in the preseason, Fuente confirmed Monday he was surprised and shocked regarding what led to Hunter’s current status with the team.
Hunter arrived at Tech considered by many recruiting analysts one of the nation’s top three safeties in the class of ’17. He was No. 2, behind only former Catholic High running back Khalan Laborn, in the Daily Press’ Fab 15 ranking of the state’s top recruits for the ’17 class.
Before committing to Tech, Hunter had more than 30 scholarship offers. He also considered offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, North Carolina and Mississippi before choosing Tech.
With Hunter suspended, Tech might turn to redshirt senior Tyree Rodgers, redshirt freshman J.R. Walker or true freshman Keonta Jenkins to fill in as a starting safety alongside starting co-captain Divine Deablo. Rodgers started in 2018 against Notre Dame, Boston College and at Pittsburgh.
In addition to Hunter, Tech was already going to be without Caleb Farley in its secondary. He opted out of playing this season in August and planned to prepare for next year’s NFL draft, citing concerns related to the coronavirus for his decision.
Tech, which had to postpone its game against Virginia that was scheduled for this Saturday because of coronavirus issues on the Hokies’ football team, is slated to open its season Sept. 26 against North Carolina State.
Luke Hill, a former University of Oregon football recruit is facing serious charges in Maryland. Hill faces attempted murder, assault, and weapons charges in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Court records show he was charged Tuesday, but it’s still unclear what exactly happened. While Hill had been recruited by the Ducks, Head Coach Mario Cristobal said Hill was informed earlier this year that he would not be part of the program.
Michael Harris, an Eastern Kentucky football player, is facing a felony charge of assault and misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest, obstructing official business, and disorderly conduct while intoxicated.
Sources told 10TV that police were called to a business because of a disturbance with an aggressive man who did not work there and wouldn’t leave.
After officers responded to the business on North Meadows Drive, officers believed Harris was intoxicated and did not know where he was or know anyone in the area, according to court records.
In the video recorded by a camera on a Grove City police cruiser, Harris can be seen fighting back as officers tried to talk to him, lunging at officers. He then can be seen lifting one of the officers up and bringing him to the ground.
According to Georgia Football Coach Kirby Smart, University of Georgia wide receiver and former Newton High standout Jeremiah Holloman has been dismissed from the football team after an investigation into a 2018 assault was launched earlier this month.
Texas A&M defensive back Derrick Tucker was arrested Thursday on assault charges stemming from an incident in March. The police report says Tucker (a junior from Manvel, Texas), got into a physical altercation with another man on Northgate in the early morning hours of Sunday, March 24th. The fight began after the two started arguing over tacos. The victim claims he and Tucker got into a mutual physical altercation, which was broken up. The victim then says Tucker fled the scene only to return a few minutes later and strike him in the back of the head. Tucker played a large role in the Aggie secondary in 2018, collecting 27 total tackles in 10 games. He has been released from jail on $5,000 bond. WTAW has reached out to the Texas A&M Athletics Department for comment on Tucker’s status with the program.
SMITHFIELD — Police here have arrested four more Bryant University students in connection with Sunday’s on-campus assault.
Jarret Martin, 19, of 81 Wachusett St., Franklin, Massachusetts, is charged with breaking and entering, and disorderly conduct.
John Amaya, 20, of 45 Beck Ave., Rye, New York, and Jack McNeil, 19, of 435 Holly Rd., Marshfield, Massachusetts, are charged with breaking and entering, simple assault, disorderly conduct and conspiracy.
Sarah McBrien, 20, of 1 Christopher Lane, Scituate, Massachusetts, is charged with breaking and entering and disorderly conduct.
The arrests stem from the incident at Bryant University on Sunday morning when students allegedly broke into a townhouse.
Martin was taken into custody without incident on Tuesday and later appeared before Bail Commissioner George Lazieh. He was released on $1,000 surety bail.
Amaya was taken into custody Wednesday, and appeared before Magistrate Joseph P. Ippolito. Bail was set at $25,000 personal recognizance.
McNeil and McBrien were taken into custody Wednesday, and appeared before Bail Commissioner Peter Hopkins. Each was released on $1,000 surety bail.
While Bryant University has announced a review to determine whether the altercation was precipitated by a bias incident, the Police Department said its investigation, so far, has not found any credible evidence that one had occurred.
“What this investigation has clearly revealed is that a day of excessive alcohol consumption and several smaller confrontations during the previous day, culminated in the early morning assaults on April 7, 2019,” the police said in a statement.
The investigation is ongoing and will be sent to the attorney general’s office to determine if it is appropriate for additional persons to be charged.
Three Bryant University student-athletes were arrested Monday following an assault at a townhouse on campus Sunday, according to the Smithfield police.
The three are Joseph Kasperzyk, 19, a basketball player from 155 Halper Avenue, New Haven, Connecticut; Zahir Williams, 20, a football player from 680 Beck Street, Bronx, New York; and Shelton McNeal, 20, also a football player, of 1741 Washington Avenue, Lakeland, Florida.
They have been charged with breaking and entering, simple assault, disorderly conduct and conspiracy.
Smithfield police investigated after receiving a call from Bryant Public Safety at 2 a.m. Sunday about an assault.
The townhouse residents told the police they were awakened by people who had entered the residence and began banging on bedroom doors, demanding that the occupants get out of their rooms. According to the police, Kasperzyk, Williams and McNeal then assaulted two of the residents, broke a TV and tore posters off the walls.
According to Bryant, the three students have been suspended from their teams. The dean of student life will initiate a conduct review to determine “their status as students going forward,” Elizabeth O’Neil, associate vice president for university relations, said in an emailed statement.
Deshon Wilson has been suspended indefinitely from the Oregon State football program while the situation is under investigation, according to a university spokesperson.
TCU wide receiver and return man KaVonate Turpin is suspended for this week’s game at Kansas following his arrest for assault of a family.