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.