Four LSU football players have been placed on indefinite suspension after their arrests Thursday.
Quarterback Anthony Jennings, cornerback Dwayne Thomas and defensive lineman Maquedius Bain were arrested and booked on unauthorized entry into an inhabited dwelling, police records show. Thomas was also booked on simple burglary.
Defensive tackle Trey Lealaimatafao, earlier Thursday, was arrested and booked on simple battery and simple robbery, a felony.
LSU team spokesman Michael Bonnette said the two incidents are unrelated.
LSU coach Les Miles immediately suspended all four players and has met with them, according to a statement the coach released to The Advocate.
“We are still working with campus housing and the authorities to determine what exactly took place,” Miles said in the statement. “This is an ongoing investigation and our players will cooperate fully.”
The four players were booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish prison, and three of them bonded out at 8:21 p.m. Thursday. Jennings had a bail of $5,000, Bain a bail of $5,000 and Thomas $10,000. The three players were spotted leaving the prison in LSU gear.
Lealaimatafao remains in jail in lieu of $15,000 bail.
The arrests of Jennings, Thomas and Bain stem from an event Friday, June 12. The three players and at least three more males entered a West Campus Apartment and broke into a bedroom, removing items from the room, a police report says. They did so with the presumed intent to retrieve items said to have been stolen from Jennings’ apartment on June 10 — a MacBook Air, three pairs of shoes and a PlayStation 4.
Jennings filed a police report on June 10 for the stolen items. Before last week’s incident, Jennings told police Bain had retrieved the laptop from Nicholas Anderson, who bought it from a person nicknamed “Doodaman,” the report says.
The intruders entered Anderson’s bedroom, destroying the door frame and locks, the police report says. Anderson’s roommate, Zeadrick Williams, a 20-year-old LSU junior, was there at the time.
Anderson, who was out of town, returned to find the following shoes missing from his room: a pair of gray/blue Georgetowns ($200), red/white Cherry’s ($120) and black 4’s ($200).
Williams identified Thomas on Wednesday as the person who left Anderson’s room with shoe boxes. Williams said he observed Thomas hitting his roommate’s door with his shoulder in an attempt to break in.
“I went to look, and they started going through his room. I don’t know what they were looking for, but they stole some of his shoes, and his Playstation 4,” Williams said Thursday.
Williams said he’d never seen the men before.
Williams, who is slender, said he didn’t speak out at the time “because there were six of them, and I knew they were probably gonna do something to me.”
He immediately notified his roommate, who called LSU police. Anderson did not return messages for comment.
“With the information provided, probable cause exists for the issuance of an arrest warrant” for Jennings for unauthorized entry, the police report says. Bain was also arrested on the same charge.
Jennings, a junior from Georgia, was the starting quarterback for the football team last year and was expected to compete with sophomore Brandon Harris for the job this season. Thomas, a junior from New Orleans, served as the Tigers starting cornerback for the first five games of last season before suffering a season-ending knee injury. He’s expected to be a starter in 2015. Bain, a sophomore from Florida, served as a reserve last year.
Lealaimatafao’s arrest stems from a fight in the early morning hours Tuesday at Reggie’s bar in Baton Rouge. The redshirt freshman from Texas dug through the pockets of an unnamed male who had been beaten unconscious by “unknown suspects” in the parking lot of Reggie’s, police records show. Lealaimatafao then punched the victim’s girlfriend in the face with a closed fist when she interfered, and then continued to dig through the male victim’s pockets, police records show.
Three eyewitnesses told police the football player fled when authorities arrived. All three witnesses gave police similar accounts of the incident and identified Lealaimatafao out of a photo lineup.
This is Lealaimatafao’s third such off-the-field incident and second arrest in one year in Baton Rouge. He didn’t play a down as a rookie last year after two off-the-field incidents last summer.
He punched through a window in the team’s weight room in July, severely cutting his left arm, and he was arrested later for allegedly stealing a bicycle outside of LSU’s Middleton Library.
Editor’s note: This story was changed on Friday, June 19, 2015 to correct the day of the alleged break-in at the West Campus Apartments at LSU. The alleged burglary occurred on Friday, June 12, 2015, not on Sunday, June 14, 2015.