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Newz Forum: FOOTBALL: COLLEGE: FIU players charged in robbery, pistol whipping, car shooting

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posted on Jul, 6 2004 @ 03:13 PM
MIAMI (AP) - A Florida International football player pistol whipped another student during an on-campus robbery attempt, and when the victims tried to drive away, a player shot out a window of their car, according to a police report Tuesday.

Everett Baker, 20, was charged with attempted murder for firing into an occupied car. He also was charged with two counts of armed robbery, possession of a weapon on school grounds and two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, all felonies.

Two other football players, Randy Arnold, 20, and Diamos DeMerritt, 21, were also charged with six felonies for the weekend attempted robbery. Two other suspects remained at large Tuesday.

Campus police officials Tuesday didn't know and it was unclear in the report which players are accused of pistol whipping the victims and whether the two at-large suspects are also football players.

Baker, Arnold and DeMerritt were being held without bond at a Miami-Dade County jail. Their next hearing is set for July 26.

FIU athletic officials didn't immediately return a call Tuesday seeking comment. Athletic director Rick Mello said Monday that "we're extremely disappointed" and that "appropriate action" will be taken after an investigation. Florida International is moving up to Division I-A this season after two seasons in Division I-AA.

The players have been assigned attorneys by the Miami-Dade County public defender's office, which had no comment Tuesday.

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