Monday, July 26, 2010

Two Drexel basketball players wanted for armed robbery (UPDATED)

Jamie Harris, Drexel's starting point guard and leading scorer last season, and Kevin Phillip, a back up forward, are both being sought by Philadelphia police for a botched robbery on Wednesday night.

Harris and Phillips, along with a third man -- Devon Bond -- who has already been caught and charged, hatched a plan to break into the apartment of a Drexel student to steal cash. From the

Bond rang the doorbell, and the woman answered. Walker said that the woman recognized Bond from Drexel - they both took the same business class - and as a friend of her male roommate, who wasn't at home. She invited him in, and the plan started to kick into gear. As Bond entered the apartment, he was shown on surveillance footage sticking a piece of paper between the door frame and the lock, preventing the door from locking, Walker said. Bond and the female student made small talk for a few minutes, and then he announced that he was leaving. He didn't get far. The woman told investigators that Bond marched back into her apartment moments later, trailed by Harris and Phillip, who were both brandishing handguns, Walker said. Bond was forced to the ground by one of the robbers in an attempt to make it look like he was a victim, too. It was all part of the plan. One of the Drexel basketball players began pointing at the woman's bed and ordering her to hand over cash, Walker said. She stammered that she didn't have any. The robbers grabbed her iPhone and warned the woman that they would return if they found out that she had been lying about the money.
When contacted, Bruiser Flint claimed he had no idea the police were after two of his players.

Warrants have been issued for the arrest of Harris and Phillips. Police believe the two may have fled to their native New York.

UPDATE: Both players surrendered today.

1 comment:

Troy Machir said...

This is an awesome summer hoops story.

A horrible incident? of course, but it's also kinda ridiculously-absurd/absurdly-ridiculous.

Definitely a top-5er for "Hoops story of the summer".

But it doesn't hold a candle to the Gwerdich Montimere fiasco. That was off-the-charts ridiculous.