Man arrested in robbery of teammates

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Police arrested a member of the Wallace Community College Selma basketball team Wednesday for his alleged involvement in the robbery of six of his teammates.

Borzie Nelson, 20, and three others were taken into custody shortly after 1 a.m. on charges they stole several thousand dollars and personal items from the apartments of six of Nelson’s Patriot basketball teammates.

Lt. Susan Smith of the Selma Police Department said officers responded to a burglary call early Wednesday morning at Cloverdale Apartments.

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The officers learned that that six members of the Patriots basketball team – Damarus Crenshaw, Verandis Edwards, Derrick Gill, Toray Reynolds, Boaz Dotch and Alexis Robinson -were robbed at gunpoint after three men burst into their apartments.

“The suspects entered the apartment of two of the players and demanded money,” Smith said. “They then took those victims to the apartment where the other players lived and robbed all of them.”

The suspects took several thousand dollars in grant money from the victims, along with cell phones and an X-Box, according to police reports.

Smith said one victim managed to hide from the suspects and call police using his cell phone.

Shortly after officers arrived on the scene, officer Tommy Weber spotted the suspects on a nearby roadway and was able to make the arrests during a traffic stop.

Along with Nelson, the other suspects arrested were Antonio McQueen, 20, Tarrance Hall, 19,and Centario Williams, 20, all of Montgomery.

“The good news is no one was hurt,” Wallace spokesman Victor Inge said. “It’s unfortunate that anyone would have to go through anything like that. Coach Johnnie McCalpine has been busy all day because those kids are like his kids. He’s been meeting with parents to reassure them.”

Smith speculated that Nelson might have known his teammates had the grant money with them at the time of the robbery.

“It appeared that Nelson sat the in car while the suspects from Montgomery robbed his teammates,” Smith said.

During the arrest, Smith said, police confiscated two guns, money and other items.

All four suspects were taken to the Dallas County Jail and each was charged with six counts of robbery, two counts of burglary and one count of kidnapping.

“The patrol division, particularly Tommy Weber, did a good job in apprehending these suspects,” Smith said.

Inge added that the students were in the process of seeking alternative housing.

Nelson has been suspended from the school pending the results of the investigation.

“It was an off campus event that didn’t take place during school hours but because they’re students and athletes, we’re all involved,” Inge said.