A second USF football player has been arrested in connection to an Oct. 11 gun related incident on campus

By SI Wire
October 16, 2015

A second USF football player has been arrested in connection to an Oct. 11 gun related incident on campus, reports the Tampa Bay Times.

South Florida police arrested junior cornerback Lamar Robbins on Thursday on charges of discharging a weapon on school property and giving false information to a law enforcement officer.

According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, Robbins is currently in jail on $8,000 bond and has been suspended from all team activities.

Officials say Robbins, 22, was arrested after they investigated freshman reserve offensive lineman Benjamin Knox. Knox was accused of firing a gun at the exterior of a campus dorm. The arrest report states that an individual witnessed Robbins put his arms in the air before hearing gunshots.

According to a statement released by university police on Friday, Robbins provided officials with false information during their investigation of Knox and lied about his own involvement in the incident.

“USF Athletics is aware that law enforcement’s investigation of an incident that occurred early Sunday morning has led to the arrest of student-athlete Lamar Robbins,” the USF athletics department said in a press release, adding that Robbins was immediately suspended from all football activities and he and Knox will remain suspended throughout the remainder of the investigation.

USF Assistant Police Chief Chris Daniel said that authorities believe there was only one gun involved in the incident and that the students were “celebrating a win earlier Saturday over Syracuse University” by firing the shots. 

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Unlike Knox, Robbins does not face a charge of shooting into an occupied building due to the fact that authorities cannot prove any shots fired by Robbins hit the campus dorm.

Robbins has played in four games for the Bulls this season, recording three tackles.

- Xandria James

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