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.”