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Three Illini football players arrested for armed robbery

Three Illini football players arrested for armed robbery

Darta L. Lee, 18, Zarrian J. Holcombe, 19, and Howard E. Watkins, 18, were the three players arrested in connection with the incident, which took place early on Wednesday morning.

Howard Watkins, 18, is being held at the Champaign County Jail on charges of home invasion and armed robbery, according to online records. We'll update you when more is known. May. Holcombe is a receiver who saw action in seven games last season as a true freshman, primarily on special teams.

According to police reports, the three Illini football players entered a dormitory room at 3 a.m., at Bromley Hall on campus.

All three are scheduled to appear before a judge for arraignment at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. "One of them produces what he believed to be a gun". They work masks and had a BB gun.

Ziegler said surveillance video from the building elevator taken after the incident showed Lee returning to his floor, where he got off the elevator and later got back on carrying a bag.

"Nobody admits why they went in".

At that point, cops say one of the alleged robbers removed his mask and tried to play the whole thing off as a joke.

After their charges were read, a request to leave IL and return home was brought up.

If convicted, each count could bring a penalty of 4 to 15 years in prison, a fine and two years parole.

"If it had been a real gun, it would have been home invasion", he said. Watkins, a 6-foot-5 and 280-pound offensive lineman, graduated from a Cincinnati high school early and enrolled at IL this semester to go through spring workouts.


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