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February 18, 2008Jeremy Elder, a redshirt freshman defensive end on the Alabama football team, has been arrested by the Tuscaloosa County Sherriff's Office on two counts of first-degree robbery, BamaOnLine.com has learned. According to the TCSO website, bond was set at $120,000.
TCSO declined a request from BamaOnLine.com to obtain the arrest report on Monday because its records office was closed for President's Day. However, on Tuesday, the Mobile Press-Register confirmed that Elder admitted to authorities that he robbed two Alabama students at gunpoint Saturday night. According to that report, Elder was accused of taking $26 from the students, who later identified him from video security footage at UA's Bryant Hall.
A message left for TCSO public information officer Andy Norris was not immediately returned.
According to the UAPD website, "two male UA-students reported to UAPD that they were the victims of a robbery. The students reported that an unknown male approached them as they were walking to their vehicle in the Small Group Housing parking lot shortly after 11:00 p.m. The unknown male presented a handgun and took cash from one of the students. The unknown male left on foot in a southerly direction. Neither student was injured in the incident."
Alabama head coach Nick Saban said Monday that Elder has been suspended for the time being.
"He is indefinitely suspended from all football-related activities," Saban said. "I won't have an announcement on his future status until I have had a chance to review all of the information. The University and football program have strict guidelines regarding legal issues of this magnitude."
Elder was signed from College Park (Ga.) North Clayton High in February, 2007. Heat-related problems cost him a week of practice during fall camp and he was subsequently redshirted. Elder (6-3, 271 pounds) worked with the third team at defensive end for most of the season, but did not see action in a game.