$100K bond for UC player charged with aggravated robbery

UC football player arrested
Published: Jul. 6, 2017 at 3:23 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 6, 2017 at 12:00 PM EDT
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Julien Holton (Provided by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)
Julien Holton (Provided by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)

Bond was set at $100,000 Thursday for a member of the University of Cincinnati football team charged with aggravated robbery.

Alex Thomas, 20, a junior cornerback for the Bearcats, is accused of participating in an armed robbery to steal a man's marijuana, but only the victim's keys were taken, Hamilton County court records show.

Thomas was suspended indefinitely when the allegation surfaced Wednesday, according to a statement from UC's athletics department.

His status "will be addressed following the resolution of the legal process," UC officials wrote, adding that they will not comment further.

Thomas started 10 games last season with four interceptions.

He was arrested with another suspect, Julien Holton, 23, at Cincinnati Police District 4 station in Avondale just after 5 p.m. Wednesday, booked into the Hamilton County jail and held overnight without bond, records show.

The two were charged after a man called police and said they tried to rob him at 2:13 p.m. inside an apartment building in the 100 block of East Corry Street, records state.

The victim and Thomas both live in the building, according to court paperwork.

Thomas went to the third floor "with Julien Holton to find (the victim) to rob him of his marijuana," police wrote in an affidavit filed in Hamilton County Municipal Court.

Thomas and Holton "chased" the victim down the hallway,a criminal complaint states.

"Holton had a firearm in his left hand and approached the victim. As the victim ran away he was pushed to the ground and his keys were taken," police wrote in the affidavit.

"Alexander Thomas and Co-Def Julien Holton were identified by security video with Julien Holton holding the firearm."

The victim ran away and called police, the criminal complaint states.

Thomas "admitted to being there and part of the offense," police wrote.

"Alexander Thomas was arrested and, after Miranda Rights were read, he admitted to being at the location of the offense and going with Julien Holton to find victim ....He said his part was to knock on the victim's door in order for him to come out," the affidavit states.

"This offense is based on officer investigation, a video recording of the incident, and victims statement, and Julien Holton's admission."

Holton "admitted to waiting around for the victim...to come outside his apartment so he could get marijuana from him," police wrote in Holton's court paperwork.

Holton also appeared in court Thursday.

His bond was set at $250,000.

The judge ordered both men to stay away from the victim.

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