KENNESAW, Ga. — Two Kennesaw State University football players were arrested and charged for their role in an armed robbery, 11Alive confirmed with Kennesaw State Thursday.
The incident occurred at the Austin Residence Complex, on-campus housing for Kennesaw State students near Chastain Road. The incident happened at 4:30 a.m. Friday morning. No was was injured.
It involved two players on the football team, Jai'len Edwards and Akebren Ralls.
Ralls and Edwards are charged with accessory to an armed robbery with a weapon. They are currently being held in the Cobb County Detention Center without bond.
Kennesaw State told 11Alive there is no reason to believe that there was a threat to the broader campus community because the parties were known to one another.
A statement from the university confirms the students have been dismissed from the football team.
"Akebren Ralls and Jai’len Edwards are charged with accessory to an armed robbery weapon, which is a felony, and are being held without bond. Rall, a fourth year student and Edwards, a second year student, are scholarship athletes and members of the Kennesaw State football team. According to Athletics Director Milton Overton, the two players have been dismissed permanently from the team for violating the team’s Code of Conduct policy."
Ralls is a senior from Forsyth, Georgia. He went to high school at Mary Persons. He appeared in every game his sophomore season and started in six games. He was the Big South Defensive Player of the Week after intercepting two passes against Gardner-Webb last season. He returned an interception for a touchdown against Samford.
Edwards is a rising sophomore. He's from Greensboro, Ga. and attended Greene County High School. He has yet to play in a game for the Owls.
The Owls are coming off a remarkable season in which it went to the FCS quarterfinals. Their run ended against Sam Houston State.
"We are deeply disappointed in the actions of these two men" said Athletics Director Milton Overton. "We are one team and one KSU. As such, it is a privilege to compete in intercollegiate athletics at Kennesaw State and we expect our student-athletes to represent the University, alumni, and supporters with the class, honor, and integrity they deserve."
Investigators with Kennesaw State police say the investigation remains open.
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