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Vandy safety allegedly involved in armed robbery of student

James Franklin AP

Vanderbilt safety Andre Simmons was involved in an armed robbery of a fellow student, according to a Davidson County affidavit obtained by WZTV FOX 17 in Nashville.

The affidavit states that two armed men knocked on the door of a dorm room in Lupton Hall on the Vanderbilt campus and robbed a victim of about $5,000.

(Writer’s note: who has $5,000 just laying around in a college dorm room? I get that it’s Vanderbilt, where people shoot skeet with rolls $100 bills instead of clay pigeons, but this sounds like bad news.) 

From the affidavit:

A fight ensued and the victim was struck in the head with the gun. The suspect with the money ran, while the other suspect, Andre Leigh Simmons, 19, stayed behind to keep the victim in the room.

We’re not sure what happened, but the alleged victim has filed charges against (Andre),” Vanderbilt vice chancellor David Williams told OutKicktheCoverage.com. “The alleged activities are unacceptable to us and if Andre was in fact involved obviously we have a lot of concern with that.

“Andre is suspended from our program pending the investigation until the investigation is completed.”

Simmons is being held in the Davidson County jail on $100,000 bond on especially aggravated robbery and burglary charges

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6 Responses to “Vandy safety allegedly involved in armed robbery of student”
  1. woebegong says: Nov 16, 2011 12:46 PM

    Good grief. If a Vandy guy is somehow involved in a armed robbery, Franklin will crap his drawers for sure. I hate to see that, even though I am a UGA fan, and don’t particularly care for Franklin or Vandy. I hope it is somehow a mistake or something like that. They always seem, in the SEC to say UGA does this and UGA does that, but I don’t remember a UGA player ever being accused of armed robbery.

  2. gainesvillenole says: Nov 16, 2011 1:10 PM

    woebegong,
    I’m pretty sure when people dog on the South Eastern Correctionals, UF is an easier target than UGA.

  3. seanb20124 says: Nov 16, 2011 1:40 PM

    Haha they hit the campus weed man.

  4. dee6634 says: Nov 16, 2011 3:24 PM

    Andre Simmons?

    I hate to say it, but I’d never heard of this poor guy before this news. I don’t think he wasn’t even on the depth chart.

    You would think a member of the National Honor Society in high school would be capable of better decision-making. I guess now we know why he wasn’t playing…

  5. bcjim says: Nov 16, 2011 4:19 PM

    If this was a straight up robbery, these are the dumbest criminals ever.

    My guess is they felt this 5gr was “theirs” for some reason, but I have no idea.

  6. vikesfansteve says: Nov 16, 2011 8:27 PM

    seanb20124 says:
    Nov 16, 2011 1:40 PM
    Haha they hit the campus weed man.

    yep.

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