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Three Vols arrested for armed robbery

A stunning and disturbing story coming out of Knoxville this morning as three Tennessee Volunteers have been charged with attempted armed robbery.

According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, Janzen Jackson, Mike Edwards and Nu’Keese Richardson were arrested early this morning following an incident outside of a convenience store.

Three males allege they were sitting in a car outside of the convenience store when two males wearing black hoodies opened the doors of the vehicle and demanded everything they had.  At least one of the alleged robbers was brandishing a handgun.

The victims said they showed the two men their empty wallets and said they had no money. A third man then approached the car and told the other two men in hoodies, “We’ve got to go,” DeBusk said.

The three men got into a 2010 Toyota Prius driven by a woman and fled the area.

Officers stopped the car on Neyland Drive near Leinard Lane after it had been seen near Gibbs Halls.

Police found Edwards, Richardson and Jackson in the car, which was driven by Marie Montmarquet, 22, DeBusk said.

A search of the Prius revealed a air-powered pellet pistol under the rear seat. Two black hoodies were seen in plain view in the back seat, DeBusk said.

The suspects were taken back to the convenience store, where the alleged victims identified Richardson and Edwards as the perpetrators.

”At this time we are currently evaluating the circumstances surrounding an incident involving Mike Edwards, Janzen Jackson and Nu’Keese Richardson,” athletic director Mike Hamilton said. “Any decisions or comments regarding their status will not be made until the evaluations are complete.”

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46 Responses to “Three Vols arrested for armed robbery”
  1. sevenirongator says: Nov 12, 2009 10:13 AM

    When reached for comment Lane Kiffin asked “Do you see the kind of player Urban Meyer wanted to bring to Florida?”

  2. Gatorfan1 says: Nov 12, 2009 10:20 AM

    Everyone has this all wrong….Kiffin told these players to do this…part of HIS master plan to get the nation talking about the VOLS….LMFAO….
    Yeah…people are TALKING all right!!!!

  3. hrudey says: Nov 12, 2009 10:22 AM

    I love the fact that Nu’Keese had to cheat and still didn’t get paid. (Yes, Lane, that is a violation, though maybe not an NCAA one.)

  4. Whatever says: Nov 12, 2009 10:30 AM

    Seveniron, that comment was so damn funny that I felt the need to log in and comment just to tell you how funny it was.
    And Lane was soooo proud to have “stolen” Nu’Keese from the Gators. This is just a perfect story.

  5. Whatever says: Nov 12, 2009 10:36 AM

    I can’t take credit for this, but thought I’d share it:
    “Nu’Keese should be happy because he’ll have a lot more balls thrown his way now…”

  6. Whatever says: Nov 12, 2009 10:54 AM

    Maybe this is all part of Kiffin’s master plan to bring attention to the Tennessee football program by any means possible. He’s had an “any publicity is good publicity” take on his job so far. The Tennessee logo will certainly be showing up on TV some more, so this is just more evidence that he’s a genius.

  7. Captain Hairdo says: Nov 12, 2009 11:30 AM

    Only an SEC idiot would flee in a Prius.
    I thought players were so fast in the SEC they could get away faster on foot than in a car anyway.

  8. Bee_Arthur says: Nov 12, 2009 11:44 AM

    and now they’ll be drafted by the Bengals in 2012

  9. alisgod says: Nov 12, 2009 11:46 AM

    some of you guys comments are funny as hell….
    As a Raider fan who had to sit through Kitten’s BS spin job, this is just Karma. Can’t wait to see his latest spin.
    Hrudey, Seviniron and Gatorfan…you guys are funny as hell. Just made my morning.

  10. tampalawyer says: Nov 12, 2009 12:15 PM

    I’m almost giddy because I don’t know where to start…..
    nahhhh, this is way too easy so I’ll just repeat what alisgod said: “Karma”

  11. Mr. Wise says: Nov 12, 2009 12:36 PM

    Now all of them will know the real meaning of ‘going deep’

  12. Go Jackets says: Nov 12, 2009 12:49 PM

    Bobby Bowden, “Heck, when our players commit an armed robbery they’re fast enough to get away on foot. What college player is so slow they have to use a PRIUS? DAD GUM!”
    Mike Slive, “The SEC will be sending in a team of crack SEC officials to ensure that any rulings in the case will not impair the chances for FLORIDA and ALABAMA to go undefeated this season.”

  13. alisgod says: Nov 12, 2009 12:53 PM

    Next Kitten will blame it on Ole Miss for setting up this trap.

  14. throwtoheath says: Nov 12, 2009 1:01 PM

    Gator fan said:
    “Everyone has this all wrong….Kiffin told these players to do this…part of HIS master plan to get the nation talking about the VOLS….LMFAO….
    Yeah…people are TALKING all right!!!!”
    you gator fans sure are high and mighty.
    How so easily you forget about Ronnie Wilson and his AK-47.
    Urban Meyer’s tenure: 30 arrests and 9 felonies. get off your high horse.

  15. GatorDog says: Nov 12, 2009 1:06 PM

    4 words:
    Lack of institutional control

  16. xacvol says: Nov 12, 2009 1:11 PM

    @ alisgod
    You deserve the Raiders.

  17. ant17268 says: Nov 12, 2009 1:21 PM

    Hey John Taylor, you should really start proofreading your posts. Your almost as much of an idiot as these three volunteer players.

  18. SpankMonkey says: Nov 12, 2009 2:41 PM

    This is good comedy guys … funny posts!

  19. gator_prof says: Nov 12, 2009 2:42 PM

    Let’s see how Kiffy deals with this.
    Better yet, let’s see how the Vol nation makes excuses and shifts the argument to other programs.
    To follow up on the Wilson incident. He was tossed off the team, scholarship revoked, and then allowed to walk back on after a year with zero tolerance. He smacked someone at a party and that was it.
    For the record, I don’t agree with the way Meyer handled this situation. If he cared, he could have kicked him off the team and paid for his tuition so that he could get an education. That being said, the state of florida needed to a better job in putting Wilson away for firing the AK 47 in the first place.

  20. GatorDog says: Nov 12, 2009 2:44 PM

    Ironic how a Prius almost sums up the Vols offense this year.

  21. dsmith4444 says: Nov 12, 2009 2:49 PM

    This is the arrogance that comes with having a lane kiffin coached team. While he needs his daddy to help hime with the x’s and o’s, he takes a page of recruitment from Bobby Bowden’s book and recruits thug convicts. Tennessee and Lane Kiffin are an embarressment to college football and the SEC. No leadership, just an arrogant bitch at the head of the team.

  22. Ladyfan says: Nov 12, 2009 3:32 PM

    For goodness sake, who uses a Prius as a getaway car??? On the other hand, it’s good advertising for Prius that three football players and a a woman can fit inside one. I’m from TN and I am SO embarrassed. Time to clean house.

  23. gator_prof says: Nov 12, 2009 4:00 PM

    What Kiffy didn’t say to Alshon Jeffrey, was that he would end up robbing people at a gas station if he came to UT…

  24. tryagain says: Nov 12, 2009 4:02 PM

    the sec this year is the best soap opera ever! it’s something new every few days. i shouldn’t but i am kind of enjoying it in a sick sadistic way– somebody pass the popcorn. (perhaps because my team (ark) hasn’t been too terribly involved in the drama– well they were but all in all it was kind of a positive thing for us if you think about it.)
    don’t be too embarassed ladyfan- you can’t control the players on your team, unfortunately.

  25. tryagain says: Nov 12, 2009 4:05 PM

    @gator_prof – you mean that’s the pumping gas dude????
    lololol… that is awesome!

  26. md2020 says: Nov 12, 2009 4:11 PM

    You can’t spell “Gimme what all you got!” without UT!!!!!!
    They were just trying to bring the program more street cred to help with recruiting. You watch, Janzen will be playing this weekend and the other two kicked off the team since they weren’t that good anyway!

  27. dsmith4444 says: Nov 12, 2009 4:31 PM

    I can’t wait to hear Lane (can’t believe his daddy named him that, should have named him Lame) spin this one. How can he deflect to Urban Meyer. Oh i know, the players come from an Urban background, so it is Urban’s fault. Somebody is going to bitch slap his ass soon. He is working on his resume and at the bottom it says, “Have Daddy, will travel, in a Prius.” Can anyone sing Rocky Top for me?

  28. xacvol says: Nov 12, 2009 4:36 PM

    i dont care how good they are, or the cope out “a young man made a bad decision” they should be gone from the program….now how bout the 30 thugs that have been arrested under boy jesus’s handler (Urban)? where are they?

  29. xacvol says: Nov 12, 2009 4:39 PM

    I bet Spikes and his assualt with malicious intent is loving the light off of him…maybe Janzen will get suspend for the first half of the Vandy vs UT game…after all, trying to take a frat boy’s beer money with a beebee gun is much worse than trying to tear a man’s eyeballs out, am i right?

  30. md2020 says: Nov 12, 2009 4:52 PM

    xacvol – He’re is a break down for you. I’m here to chronicle the 24 legal issues under Meyer so you know how Florida got to this point. Based on court records research and the help of sources, we’re able to provide that blueprint. This will ot include Dustin Doe’s arrest for driving with suspended license, but I think you will see that anyone having commited a serious offense is gone and not one player commited armed robbery.
    Couple of footnotes:
    –There have not been 24 different players arrested, or even 24 “arrests” where a player was booked into jail. But there have been at least 24 instances where a Gators player faced misdemeanor or felony CHARGES for a crime. Many lawyers and courthouse folks we spoke with expressed this simple fact — a charge is technically an arrest, as long as the defendant is dished out a mandatory notice to appear in court. Not everyone agrees on that. That’s why we’re providing the information and you decide.
    –Researching arrests isn’t an exact science. There’s always a player who could have gotten arrested in Virginia or North Carolina or Florida in the last four years.
    –We’re not counting the arrests of former Gators. Torrey Davis, Jon Demps and Jacques Rickerson were just a handful of players who spent the night in jail shortly after disbanding from the team.
    –One legal case might surprise you. Riley Cooper’s February misdemeanor charge for resisting an officer and failure comply with a police or fire department fell through the cracks.
    Charge: Misdemeanor affray and resisting arrest without violence for his role in a May 30, 2009 fight outside a downtown Gainesville night club.
    Outcome: The State Attorney’s Office is currently investigating.
    Team punishment: Suspended 2 games.
    Charge: Felony burglary of an occupied dwelling unarmed and misdemeanor battery in late April 2009 for allegedly forcing his way into a Gainesville apartment and punching a man in the face.
    Outcome: Case was dismissed due to lack of evidence, according to lawyer Huntley Johnson.
    Team punishment: To be determined.
    Charge: Misdemeanor violation of a sexual restraining order in February 2009 after getting on the same campus bus as an ex-girlfriend. The woman previously filed a petition claiming Johnson date-raped her on three occasions.
    Outcome: All charges were dropped due to a lack of evidence.
    Team punishment: Johnson never missed any time. Coach Urban Meyer said Johnson would remain on the team as long as the investigation checked out.
    Charge: Misdemeanor resisting an officer and failure comply with a police or fire department in February 2009. Campus police cited Cooper for not getting out of the way of a moving car upon police’s orders, according to Johnson.
    Outcome: The case was dismissed.
    Team punishment: Cooper played baseball during the spring, and it’s unknown whether Meyer sought out punishment.
    Charge: Felony counts of burglary, larceny and obstruction of justice in November after allegedly stealing a laptop from a UF student and throwing it out his dormitory window upon police suspicion.
    Outcome: Newton received pre-trial deferment – common for a first-time offender – and is serving community service and probation time. The charges will disappear assuming he completes his obligations.
    Team punishment: Meyer suspended Newton for the rest of the 2008 season. Newton transferred to Blinn (Texas) Junior College.
    Charge #1: Misdemeanor possession of marijuana in February 2007.
    Outcome: Charges were dropped without legal ramifications.
    Charge #2: Felony domestic violence by strangulation and felony obstruction of justice after a November 2008 altercation with a girlfriend.
    Outcome: Charges were reduced to misdemeanor status, then the Alachua County courts gave him two years probation without proceeding with the charges.
    Team punishments: Rickerson was suspended for the 2007 season opener for the marijuana charge, then kicked off the team the morning of the domestic violence incident.
    Charge: Misdemeanor knowingly driving with a suspended license on numerous occasions, including once in July 2008 and another in March 2009 – two weeks after he left the team – that placed him in jail.
    Outcome: The July case was closed.
    Team punishment: Davis was always in Meyer’s doghouse and hardly allowed to practice or play with the team for various academic and disciplinary reasons, so it’s safe to say Meyer suspended Davis for his crimes.
    Charge #1: Cited for misdemeanor property damage and criminal mischief in April 2007 for allegedly throwing a man onto the hood of a car during a fight.
    Outcome: Hornsby received deferred prosecution and the charge was later dismissed.
    Charge #2: Unauthorized use of a credit card to obtain goods and services, a felony, along with misdemeanor larceny of a credit card for allegedly making more than 70 fradulent charges on the gas credit card of a female UF student who died seven months earlier.
    Outcome: Charges were reduced to misdemeanors and Hornsby took a plea deal – probation and community service.
    Team punishments: No punishment for first offense, kicked off the team for second offense. Hornsby served a previous five-game suspension, but it wasn’t for the first misdemeanor – it was for selling his complimentary tickets.
    Charge: Misdemeanor battery in December 2007 for an altercation with a clerk at Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwich Shop in Gainesville. Cunningham allegedly threw paper cups at the clerk.
    Outcome: Charges were dropped.
    Team punishment: Cunningham played in Florida’s next game, the Capital One Bowl, but Meyer said he imposed physical punishment on Cunningham, who also couldn’t accept bowl-game gifts.
    Charge: Felony theft in October 2007 for breaking into a car impound and retrieving his girlfriend’s car, which had been towed.
    Outcome: Charges were dropped.
    Team punishment: Joiner never missed game time, but Meyer stripped him of his captaincy.
    Charge #1: Aggravated assault, battery and use of display of a concealed weapon during commission of a felony in April 2007 for shooting a semiautomatic rifle after a dispute with another man.
    Outcome: Wilson pleaded no contest to battery and discharging a firearm. The felony charge was reduced to a misdemeanor and later dropped. Wilson was placed on two year’s probation and given 100 hours of community service.
    Charge #2: Misdemeanor possession of marijuana in January 2008.
    Outcome: The charge was dropped despite serving probation for his original arrest.
    Charge #3: One count of battery and one count of assault for an altercation at an apartment complex in October.
    Outcome: Nothing has been ruled on the case, according to court records.
    Team punishments: Wilson was suspended for the entire 2007 season stemming from the gun charge, including a full-year suspension from University of Florida academics. Wilson rejoined the team in 2008 but was suspended and eventually kicked off after the third charge.
    Charge: Misdemeanor affray and resisting arrest for his role in an April 2007 fight.
    Outcome: Charges were dropped.
    Team punishment: No suspension for Doe.
    Charge: Felony theft in May 2007 when he removed a University Police boot from his car and put it in his trunk.
    Outcome: Charges were dropped.
    Team punishment: No suspension for Munroe.
    Charge: Misdemeanor violation of probation in May 2007 after failing to serve five hours of community service stemming from an alcohol citation.
    Outcome: Curtis complied with the violation, served probation and the case was dismissed.
    Team punishment: Curtis was in Meyer’s doghouse, but he was also injured, so it was difficult to tell why he was out.
    Charge: Purchasing marijuana — a felony — along with misdemeanor possession of marijuana in June 2007.
    Outcome: The felony charge was dropped due to a minuscule amount (8 grams); James served probation and community service stemming from the misdemeanor charge.
    Team punishment: Suspended for one game, the 2007 opener against Western Kentucky.
    Charge: Misdemeanor domestic battery in July 2006 after an altercation in Daytona Beach with the mother of his child. The initial investigation took place in June 2006 with Atkins facing accusations of felony false imprisonment along with the battery charge.
    Outcome: Atkins received pre-trial intervention and both cases were eventually dropped.
    Team punishment: Meyer immediately suspended Atkins, who then transferred to Bethune-Cookman, found legal trouble there and died in July 2007 from a drug overdose.
    Charge: Misdemeanor possession of marijuana in May 2006.
    Outcome: Charges were dropped, and Murphy had to perform 12.5 hours of community service.
    Team punishment: Murphy was suspended for three games during the 2006 season.
    Charge: Misdemeanor driving with a suspended license in September 2006.
    Outcome: Charges were dropped and Demps received six months probation.
    Team punishment: Meyer kicked Demps off the team after the 2006 season reportedly for a marijuana-related incident. Demps worked out with the Gators later that summer but never played for UF again.
    Charge #1: Misdemeanor charges of battery and theft in July 2005 stemming from a sworn complaint.
    Outcome: Charges were dropped because victim did not wish to prosecute.
    Charge #2: Misdemeanor violation of a city ordinance and disorderly conduct in October 2005 for his involvement in a fight. Eyewitnesses told police that Grace threw a punch.
    Outcome: Grace completed a deferred prosecution program including 7.5 hours of community service.
    Team punishment: Meyer suspended Grace indefinitely after the October arrest. Grace later transferred to Georgia Southern.

  31. gator_prof says: Nov 12, 2009 5:18 PM

    xacvol: Thank you for making me a prophet, “Better yet, let’s see how the Vol nation makes excuses and shifts the argument to other programs.”

  32. xacvol says: Nov 12, 2009 6:52 PM

    thanks for the explination! you are right, long live the gators! they should be worshiped as the gods they are!

  33. xacvol says: Nov 12, 2009 6:55 PM

    oh, and who was charged with arm robbery?

  34. xacvol says: Nov 12, 2009 6:55 PM

    oh, and who was charged with arm robbery?

  35. GatorDog says: Nov 12, 2009 7:14 PM

    Wayyyyyy too much MD2020 for you dude. Thanks for all the non reflective snapsot.

  36. GatorDog says: Nov 12, 2009 8:06 PM

    Wayyyyyy too much MD2020 for you dude. Thanks for all the non reflective snapsot.

  37. gator_prof says: Nov 12, 2009 8:23 PM

    MD2020, much like the Vols team this year (and Kiffy’s coaching career), they (he) attempted to do something, but failed.
    The charge is “attempted aggravated robbery”, which is a class C.
    Looks like NR is facing up to 15 years or more if guilty and/or not plead downwards.

  38. xacvol says: Nov 12, 2009 8:38 PM

    Looks like NR is facing up to 15 years or more if guilty and/or not plead downwards.
    but be it that he is 18 and (to my knowledge) has no priors…he’ll be booted from the team, leave UT and be on probation.

  39. alisgod says: Nov 13, 2009 1:00 AM

    you deserve Kitten. Funny how you vols are so in love with Kitten like the Browns were so in love with Rob Ryan. I guess one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. You vols are just learning what’s it like to have a Kitten that talks so much trash when he hasnt even done anything. Didnt Fulmer get at least 5 win last year? It’s his defense playing this year no? Where’s kid wonder’s offense?
    That was a nice win for you guys against the Gators this year. Did you guys sing Rocky Top all nite long…oh wait…you lost the game….I thought Kitten guaranteed a win? Never seen a Lame Ass coach talks so much trash after losing a game he guaranteed to win.
    I thought you play the game to win. Now that is a novel idea. No?

  40. Doc Holliday says: Nov 17, 2009 8:40 PM

    It goes to confirm how slow the SECS folks are! First the SEC Zebras make stupid calls left and right as if football fans across the country are dumb. Second, a couple of SEC retards show up at a convenience store and commit armed robbery in a freagin PRIUS! I thought Lawn mowers have more horsepower than those damn cars??? Talk about dumb folks down there. You dont see that many PRIUS automobiles down here in Texas, I have NEVER seen one before to be honest; If these were the BIG12 players doing this; i guarantee you they would have just showed up with no cars because that’s how fast they can run…well I take that back, maybe a couple of horses and guns ablazin…

  41. 3minutedrill says: Nov 19, 2009 3:13 PM

    Funny, FUNNY stuff –

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