A former football player and a former basketball player for the University of Georgia have been charged with armed robbery, loitering and prowling, according to a report from the Athens Banner-Herald.
Demario Mayfield, 22, a former basketball player who played one season before transferring to a college in Charlotte, N.C., and Ricardo Crawford, 25, a former defensive lineman for the football team, were arrested.
The arrests occurred about 2:30 a.m., when two officers patrolling the city’s Oak Street saw the suspects’ car, a silver 1988 Mercury Marquis, make a sharp turn and enter a neighborhood officers knew was home to mostly college students who were out of town, the report said. The officers followed the Mercury and observed the driver turn off the headlights and drive down an alley behind some apartments, where it parked, police said. At that point, the officers stopped and approached the car.
During the stop, an officer who confronted the driver saw a clown mask on the floorboard, a furry hat on the seat and a handgun tucked in the man’s crotch, according to the report.
A second handgun was found in the floor near the passenger along with a dust mask and latex gloves, the report said. A bag with rounds of 9mm ammunition also was seized.
The weapons were identified by police as a Makarov .380-caliber pistol and a Hi-Point 9mm pistol.
Mayfield and Crawford remained in the Clarke County Jail late Monday without bond on the armed robbery charge.