Two former University of Georgia athletes have been indicted on charges they conspired to commit armed robbery.
The Athens Banner-Herald reports that 22-year-old Demario Mayfield and 25-year-old Ricardo James Crawford were arrested May 27. Police say the two were acting suspiciously and were found to have handguns, masks and gloves.
Arrest warrants say officers found a cellphone that was used to send a text message “that indicated a theft had or was about to take place.”
Police noticed the car at about 2:30 a.m. because it made a sharp turn into a neighborhood that police describe as vulnerable to burglaries because many college students who live there were away for the summer break. Officers ran the car’s tag number and found that the registration was expired.
Police followed as the car turned off its headlights, drove down an alley and parked behind some apartments. Officers approached the car and saw a clown mask by Mayfield’s feet and a gun wedged between his leg and the seat. A furry hat lay on the floor next to Crawford’s feet. Officers also found two pairs of latex gloves, a drawstring bag, a marijuana bud, a second handgun and a bag holding a magazine loaded with 9 mm bullets.
The indictment filed Tuesday charges them with conspiracy to commit armed robbery, loitering or prowling, and possession of marijuana.
Mayfield is a former UGA basketball player who transferred in 2010 to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He was dismissed from the team there in February after athletic officials there said he violated athletic department policy. He was released after posting bond of $11,200.
Crawford started playing defensive tackle for UGA in 2006, but saw limited playing time and graduated in 2009. At the time of his arrest in May, he was out of jail on bond from another arrest two months earlier. He was being held without bond at the Clarke County Jail.
It was not immediately clear whether Mayfield and Crawford have lawyers.