James Durr, an Eastern Washington University football player, has been removed from the team after being charged with multiple counts of theft.
Durr, 18, was charged with theft, identity theft and making false statements after police say he stole a fellow college student’s wallet last month. Durr is a freshman from Vancouver, Washington, according to the EWU football roster.
Fellow football player Jordan White has also been interviewed by police in relation to the crimes, as the Easterner first reported.
A student reported her wallet had been stolen from her room in Snyamncut Hall on Feb. 25. When EWU police arrived, they found Durr and White talking to the victim, court records say.
The players told police they saw a woman enter the victim’s room and flee, both giving a detailed description of the suspect. The players said they went door to door looking for the suspect, court records say.
After reviewing surveillance footage of the area, police didn’t see a suspect matching the players’ description. Another student went to police the next day and said White and Durr committed the theft, court records say.
James Durr admitted to police during an interview that he lied to police and stole the wallet, court records indicate. Multiple witnesses told police Durr discussed planning the robbery with White. The victim told police Durr and White did have permission to be in her room before her wallet was stolen.
Another football player told police Durr made an unauthorized Paypal transfer from his account on March 2. Durr admitted to finding the teammate’s wallet in the locker room and taking pictures of his debit card to make unauthorized transfers, court records show.
Durr was arrested on March 4 but has since been released.
White was also interviewed by police but denied any involvement in the crimes, according to court documents.
White is a freshman defensive back from Lynwood, California, majoring in criminal justice, according to the team’s roster.
White has not been charged with a crime. Both players were removed from the EWU football team and will go through the student conduct process.
An Eastern Washington University football player has been removed from the team after being charged with multiple counts of theft.
Keenan Williams, an Eastern Washington football player faces hit-and-run charges after crashing his truck into a Cheney apartment building, causing significant damage, then fleeing the scene.
Keenan Williams, 20, is under indefinite suspension from the team following the incident on the night of March 9 at the Eagle Point Apartments on Betz Road.
According to witnesses cited in a Cheney police report, Williams drove his Ford F-250 pickup truck into Building 17 at Eagle Point.
Because no one was injured, Williams faces misdemeanor charges of hit-and-run to unattended property.
At 8 a.m. the next day, Williams, accompanied by his father, turned himself in to police.
Officials at Greystar Property Management of Spokane, which owns Eagle Point, did not respond to messages regarding the extent of the damage, or whether the company plans to sue Williams for the cost of repairs.
At the scene, Cheney fire and police officials estimated that repairs to the building would cost at least $100,000.
Williams, who is from Cheney, is scheduled for a court appearance next week.
Eastern coach Aaron Best has suspended Williams, a 6-foot-3, 255-pound defensive end who’s going into his senior year. Williams started all 11 games last year for the Eagles and led all linemen with 55 tackles.
“We are aware of the incident and will cooperate fully with the investigation,” Best said in a statement released Tuesday.
“But until that is complete and the case is reviewed in accordance with EWU’s student conduct policies, Keenan has been suspended indefinitely from all team activities,” Best said.
Head coach Aaron Best said arrests of players are handled on a case-by-case basis and he thought it was best for the school to “part ways” with nose tackle Dylan Donohue. “We take all arrests seriously,” said Best.