Tulane player arrested for bicycle theft and student beating
NEW ORLEANS - Police arrested Tulane football player, Robert Kelley, 21, for allegedly beating up a fellow Tulane student and stealing his bicycle, according to WWL.
Kelley was booked on charges of simple robbery and simple battery on Aug. 4, and freed with a $10,000 bond.
According to the warrant application, on July 30th, Kelley and a few football players approached the victim outside a popular student bar on Broadway and started to rough-housing him. Afterwards, somebody took his bike and placed it in a portable toilet "to mess with him."
The victim reported that Kelley followed him after he retrieved his bike.
"Mr. Kelley became angry and punched (the victim) in his right abdomen area," Detective Sgt. Scott Meunier wrote. "The victim advised that he fell to the ground in pain and Mr. Kelley jumped on top of him and began to beat him."
Later that night, Kelley took back the bicycle for good before pouncing on the victim again. The victim reported suffering minor scrapes and bruises.
According to Sgt. Meunier, Kelley later confessed.
"I then interviewed the suspect, Mr. Robert Kelley, who admitted taking the bicycle from the victim and hiding it. He also admitted to receiving a telephone call from the victim asking for his property back and advised that he hung up on him," Meunier wrote.
Kelley's attorney issued the following statement:
"The allegations that Robert Kelley intended to rob or harm the alleged victim are not supported by credible evidence.
"The alleged victim knows Mr. Kelley and has spent time with Mr. Kelley as well as multiple members of the Tulane football team. There was never any intent by Mr. Kelley to either harm the alleged victim or deprive him of his property.
"We do believe that the alleged victim was harmed and struck by other persons later that evening. And we believe that other incident is supported by credible evidence. However, Mr. Kelley was not present or in any way involved in that other incident."
Tulane football coach, Curtis Johnson, said Kelley struggled with academics and was absent from spring drills last year.
The running back is not currently with the team and his status at the university is not known, but Kelley is due back in court on Sept. 9 for a status report.