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.
Cristian Williams, University of Tulsa, safety was arrested early Saturday on a complaint of driving under the influence, according to jail records.
Williams, 23, was booked into the Tulsa jail at about 4 a.m. Saturday. He bonded out of jail at about noon.
A sixth-year senior from Dallas, Williams has started 16 games for the Hurricane including all 12 last season after his career seemingly ended in 2018 because of a medical issue. He spent the rest of the season on the sidelines in a coach-type role.
Williams, who was able to get the 2018 season back with a waiver from the NCAA, has been suspended from all team activities as a result of his arrest, a team spokesman said Monday.
Tyler Judson, current Tulane Green Wave Safety, Tyler Judson, has been suspended from the Tulane football program.
He was arrested for 2nd Degree Battery (acc to East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office) on Monday.
UPDATE: The victim of the alleged incident is out of the Intensive Care Unit.
According to a source, the young woman sustained multiple fractures to her face and is now hoping for swelling go down to be able to enter into surgery.
Tulane University has suspended former Zachary High Bronco Tyler Judson “indefinitely”, a university spokesman told Geaux Nation Sports on Tuesday.
The suspension follows an arrest by the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office on Monday for Second Degree Battery, according to the EBRSO website.
The website also states Judson was released the same day as he was booked.
Details surrounding his arrest were not immediately available.
University Police said officers found Nebraska freshman safety Myles Farmer with a small amount of marijuana at the University Suites dorms around 11:30 p.m. Monday.
Two Nebraska football players were ticketed last week after a traffic stop in Lincoln.
About 8 p.m. Friday, police stopped a car driven by Marquel Dismuke, 21, because the vehicle didn’t have a front license plate, said Officer Angela Sands, a Lincoln police spokeswoman. Officers determined that Dismuke was driving on a suspended license and had a previous conviction for driving under suspension, Sands said.
Dismuke was cited on suspicion of driving under suspension and released, and the car was towed, Sands said.
A passenger in the car, fellow Husker Jeramiah Stovall, also 21, was found to be in possession of a small amount of marijuana, Sands said. Stovall was cited on suspicion of possessing less than an ounce of marijuana and released, Sands said.
The two were cooperative with officers, she said.
Dismuke, a junior from California, has 44 career tackles in 20 games. He’s perhaps a favorite to start at safety this season. Stovall, a graduate of Omaha Creighton Prep, is a walk-on defensive back who has primarily played special teams during his Husker career.
“We are aware of the incident and are addressing it,” a Nebraska athletics spokesperson said.
This is the third incident a Nebraska football player has had with law enforcement this offseason.
Ohio State freshman safety Marcus Hooker has been charged with driving under the influence by police in Neshannock Township, Pennsylvania.
Hooker, 18, was also charged with purchase of alcohol by a minor, disregarding traffic lanes, careless driving and having no rear lights from an incident that occurred on June 16. Lawrence County court records show that Hooker has a preliminary hearing set for 9:30 a.m. on July 5.
Court records also show that Hooker’s blood alcohol content registered between .10 and .16.
Cleveland.com’s request for comment from Ohio State was not immediately returned.
Hooker is the younger brother of former Ohio State safety Malik Hooker, who now plays for the Indianapolis Colts.
The New Castle, Pennsylvania native moved to Ohio State’s campus on June 3 with other members of the Buckeyes’ 2018 recruiting class.
Kentucky defensive back Marcus Walker was arrested early Thursday after authorities said they found five pounds of marijuana and an ounce of cocaine at an off-campus residence.
Lexington Police served a search warrant at a home in the 1100 block of Unity Drive after going to the residence late Wednesday night, according to Sgt. Jervis Middleton, a police spokesman.
Walker, 21, was arrested as a result of items uncovered in the search, Middleton said, in addition to 23-year-old Tavon Wells. Both men were charged with trafficking at least 5 pounds of marijuana and 4 grams of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Authorities found drugs in addition to “a large amount of cash” and a cash counter, according to an arrest citation.
The address listed by police for Walker on the citation was the same as the location of the arrest.
Walker pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in Lexington District Court on Thursday. His lawyer, Abe Mashni, said Walker would be released from jail later Tuesday on a $1,000 surety bond.
Old Dominion standout safety Denzel Williams was charged with felony strangulation and misdemeanor assault on Wednesday. Friday, he filed a misdemeanor assault charge against one of two students who filed charges against
Montana State Grizzlies senior safety Justin Strong was arrested for allegedly beating a Washington State student in Pullman, Washington, Saturday. KHQ-TV, a Spokane NBC affiliate, broke the news.
The report said Strong told police the victim assaulted him at a house party, and he hit the victim twice, once knocking him to the ground and a second time when the victim tried to get up. The victim suffered a fractured skull and was flown from Pullman to Spokane for treatment.