published Friday, November 13th, 2009

Players got nothing but felony charges


by Adam Crisp

Three University of Tennessee football players who are accused of attempted robbery didn’t get away with a dime but they now face serious felony charges.

Police say it all happened just before 2 a.m. Thursday and just three minutes from Neyland Stadium, where Janzen Jackson, Mike Edwards and Nu’Keese Richardson, all 18, were supposed to make headlines of a different kind.

Instead, police say the young men, armed with an air-powered pellet gun, approached three other young men outside a Pilot gas station and demanded money.

“After they slung the (victim’s) door opened, they stuck the gun in my face, they were like, ‘Give me everything,’” said victim Cory Zickefoose, 20, in a conversation with the Knoxville News-Sentinel. “I’m like, ‘I’m sorry, I don’t have anything to give you.’”

Two men wearing black hooded sweatshirts were part of the robbery attempt, then a third instructed his friends that it was time to flee, said Darrell DeBusk, Knoxville police spokesman. A fourth person, a young woman who was driving the car, is charged with marijuana possession and her part in the failed robbery, Mr. DeBusk said.

The victims told police they showed their would-be robbers their empty wallets and told them they didn’t have any money, but they did have a cheeseburger.

“They didn’t want that,” victim Corey M. Smith, 18, told the News-Sentinel.

The victims told police the three young men and the female driver left the gas station in a 2010 light-blue Toyota Prius and headed south on Volunteer Boulevard.

Officers caught up with the car a short time later and found two black hoodies and an air-powered pellet gun inside, Mr. DeBusk said.

The female driver, Marie Montmarquet, 21, had marijuana and claimed ownership of drug paraphernalia in the glove box, Mr. DeBusk said.

All three men and Ms. Montmarquet were arrested and placed in the Knox County Jail. All four are charged with three counts of attempted armed robbery, Mr. DeBusk said.

Ms. Montmarquet was subsequently charged with three counts of attempted aggravated robbery, simple possession of schedule four narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia.

about Adam Crisp...

Adam Crisp covers education issues for the Times Free Press. He joined the paper's staff in 2007 and initially covered crime, public safety, courts and general assignment topics. Prior to Chattanooga, Crisp was a crime reporter at the Savannah Morning News and has been a reporter and editor at community newspapers in southeast Georgia. In college, he led his student paper to a first-place general excellence award from the Georgia College Press Association. He earned ...

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LaughingBoy said...

Little Wayne should do a rap on these thugs. All publicity is good publicity, right Lane?

November 13, 2009 at 1:13 a.m.
Livn4life said...

I suppose Coach Lane Kiffin should be baby-sitting his players! I don't think so. Someone suggested he has made poor choices. That may be so. This mess, however, is not the result of his poor choices but that of the three young men. I hope in the process of justice being served, they learn their lesson. It is sad to think where they will likely end up and where they could have been if they had had just been smarter. We will see how this is handled. GO VOLS!

November 13, 2009 at 10:52 a.m.
aluk22 said...

It's amazing there's not a brain amongst the four of these young people. They need not be in college anyway. College will not benefit them as they have no brains.

November 13, 2009 at 11:16 a.m.
hcirehttae said...

Football players are thugs. Stop glorifying and glamorizing them. The sport is stupid and repetitive. If you've watched one college or professional football game, you've seen them all. It's just a huge marketing construct anyway, skillfully crafted to brainwash the American public and reduce their interest in civic affairs. (Bread and circuses.) Turn off TV sports. Do something different, something worthwhile, with your life. Go to a sporting event only if you personally know someone playing, like the kid who lives next door -- i.e., a high school game, even a middle school game. College financial aid should be exclusively need-based anyway. Athletic scholarships are an unbelievable waste of public resources. Athletic scholarships for college football players are just a covert form of pre-offense criminal diversion; send them to college for a few years before they're ready for jail.

November 13, 2009 at 12:19 p.m.
LaughingBoy said...

That was a sad stereotype. The vast majority of football players are not going to be arrested.

November 13, 2009 at 2:24 p.m.
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