Alex Thomas is a junior cornerback for the University of Cincinnati Bearcats. Last season, the 20-year-old picked off four passes. He was recently accused of much more than intercepting passes, however: along with another man, he is accused of armed robbery.
The starter allegedly tried to steal marijuana from a man who lives in the same apartment building.
According to a news media report, Thomas has been suspended from the team until the legal issues are resolved.
Thomas started 10 games in a disappointing four-win season for the Bearcats.
Thomas and a 23-year-old man were arrested after a man called police and said the pair had tried to rob him inside an East Corry Street apartment building. The pair allegedly chased the man down a hallway.
Thomas’s companion allegedly had a gun in his hand during the encounter.
The man was pushed to the ground and chased, but only his keys were taken from him, according to the complaint. Law enforcement officials apparently reviewed a security recording of the incident and identified the two suspects in it.
Police say Thomas has admitted to being at the scene and being “part of the offense.” The football player said his role was to knock on the victim’s door to get him to come out of his apartment.
According to police, Thomas’s companion “admitted to waiting around for the victim…so he could get marijuana from him.”
If you face similarly serious charges, you can decline to speak to police or prosecutors before you have talked your case over with an experienced Cincinnati criminal defense attorney.