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Police: Drexel hoops players face robbery charges
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Two Drexel University basketball players face robbery and weapons charges after an armed robbery at a fellow student’s apartment in which they went looking for cash but came away only with two cell phones, police said.
Jamie Harris, 21, the team’s starting point guard and leading scorer, and Kevin Phillip, 21, a backup forward, turned themselves in Monday, Philadelphia policeLt. John Walker said. A third man, Devon Bond, 21, also a Drexel student, was arrested last week.
Police allege the three hatched a bizarre scheme to take money that Bond believed to be in an off-campus apartment in west Philadelphia.
Bond knocked on the door around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday and asked to speak with the male roommate of the woman who answered, Walker said. Once inside, he and the woman discussed school for about 15 minutes.
When he left the building, Bond propped the outside door open and returned a few minutes later with Harris and Phillip, who were armed with handguns, police said. One of the players then forced Bond to the ground as part of a ruse to make it look as if he was being robbed, Walker said.
After the female student reported the robbery, Bond told police he had been the victim of a crime, Walker said. Police quickly found out that wasn’t true, Walker said, and determined he had plotted the robbery with Harris and Phillip.
Harris, a 5-10 point guard out of New York City, started all 32 games for the Dragons last season and averaged 14.5 points a game. Phillip, a 6-6 forward from Brooklyn, averaged 2.9 points and 3.1 rebounds coming off the bench in 31 games.
Drexel has placed all three students on interim suspension at least until the investigation is complete, school spokeswoman Niki Gianakaris said in a statement Monday. The school’s police department is cooperating with Philadelphia police, she said.
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