College basketball player dismissed from school for stealing ice cream cone
A University of Maryland basketball player is banned from enrolling in courses after being arrested for stealing an ice cream cone from a convenience store.
Trayvon Reed faces charges of second-degree assault, second-degree assault of a police officer, resisting arrest and theft under $100.
In a brief statement released Friday by the athletic department, Maryland men’s coach Mark Turgeon said “Trayvon failed to meet the standards that are required by the university athletics department.”
When reached by telephone, Turgeon declined to comment on the charges pending against the 7-foot-1 center[…] Reed was arrested shortly before midnight Wednesday following an incident outside a 7-Eleven convenience store on Route 1, adjacent to campus.
According to court documents, two plainclothes officers working in the store saw Reed putting a Twix ice cream bar into his pants pocket and leaving the store without paying.
When one of the officers saw Reed take the ice cream from his pocket in the parking lot, the officer showed his identification to Reed and an unidentified male companion and told Reed he was under arrest.
As the officer tried to arrest him, Reed tried to run away but the officer grabbed him. A scuffle ensued and police said Reed fought the officer “with his hands” and struck the officer on the left hand.
The officer, who needed the help of his partner to subdue Reed, wound up with two broken fingers.
Aside from the ice cream bar, valued at $2.11, police found in Reed’s possession a four-pack of Reese’s Cups also priced at $2.11 as well as a two-pack of King Sized Reese’s Cups worth $1.37.
The second-degree assault charges carry sentences of 10 years each, along with fines ranging from $2,500 to $5,000. The theft charge holds a maximum term of 90 days in jail and/or a $500 fine. Resisting arrest carries a $5,000 fine and a maximum term of three years in jail.
In the statement released by Maryland, Reed said: “I regret that I was unable to meet the responsibilities that were expected of me from Coach Turgeon and the University of Maryland.”
Neither Moore nor Reed’s mother, Nikki Reed, could be reached for comment at their home outside Atlanta. Reed’s hearing is scheduled for Prince George’s County District Court in Hyattsville on Sept. 15.
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