By Bill Archer
For The Register-Herald
Three Concord University football players, all seniors and two of them starters, were arrested Friday evening on charges related to a home invasion robbery that occurred Nov. 11 in Athens, police said.
Russell Bailey Jr., 22, of Beckley; Maricco Sanders and Riyahd Richardson, both 22, and both of South Carolina, were arrested by Mercer County sheriff’s deputies, West Virginia State Police and Concord University police. The three suspects were housed Friday night in the Bluefield city jail, according to Deputy H.L. Walters of the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department.
“We responded to a call Monday night concerning a home invasion robbery in Athens,” Walters said. “A fight ensued at the residence and the victims had to be hospitalized. A firearm was present in the residence, but it was not discharged during the fight. The victims reported that money and a gun were taken from the residence.”
Walters said three law enforcement agencies worked together on the investigation.
“The suspects knew the victims,” Walters said. “The victims are out of the hospital. We were able to find them through their football photographs.”
All three suspects were arrested on malicious wounding, petit larceny and conspiracy charges. The suspects were arraigned Saturday, but Walters was uncertain as to their post-arraignment disposition.
“We recovered the firearm,” she said. “The three individuals we arrested are the only suspects, but the case remains under investigation.”
Bill Archer is a reporter for the Bluefield Daily Telegraph.