AUBURN, AL (WSFA) - Court documents show that four former Auburn University football players admitted to their roles in an armed robbery Friday morning that resulted in their arrests and immediate removal from the team.
WTVM-TV 9 in Columbus, Ga. reports that court documents show Antonio M. Goodwin, 20, Kowaski Q. Kitchens, 19, Michael A. McNeil, 22, and Harrison D. Mosley, 19, each admitted to five counts of Robbery 1st Degree, one count Burglary 1st Degree and one count of Theft of Property 3rd Degree.
The suspects were transported to the Lee County Detention Center where they were being held bonds of $511,000 each. Only Mosley has been able to gather the money to make bail.
Auburn Police Chief Tommy Dawson told WTVM that multiple weapons, including a hand gun and air pistol, were used in the robbery.
Authorities responded to a home in the 2300 block of Lee Road 137 (Wire Road) early Friday morning after someone called to report a robbery.
Five victims on the scene told Auburn Police that three suspects entered the home with one displaying a handgun. Police say personal property - cell phones, hand-held safe and other items - were stolen, but no injuries were reported.
A patrolman responding to the area observed what he believed to be the suspect vehicle based on a description he was given. Officers stopped the vehicle in the 1200 block of Wire Road and four suspects were taken into custody.
Police say a pistol and the stolen property were recovered at the scene.
Auburn football coach Gene Chizik immediately kicked all four players off the team when he learned of the arrests.
"The players arrested in connection with this deeply troubling incident have been permanently dismissed from our football team," Gene Chizik said in a statement. "While we realize the legal process will run its course and these young men have a right for their case to be heard, playing for Auburn University is an honor and a privilege. It is not a right." Chizik said he was "extremely disappointed and embarrassed" and apologized the the University and the Auburn family.
"This type of behavior will not be tolerated at Auburn. I fully support Coach Chizik's swift and decisive action to dismiss these four student-athletes from our football team effective immediately," said Athletics Director Jay Jacobs.
Kitchens, listed as a wide receiver by Auburn, is a freshman from College Park, Georgia. He was ranked 98th in the ESPNU 150, No. 10 athlete by ESPN.com/Scouts and 33rd outside linebacker by Scout.com.
Goodwin, listed as a wide receiver by Auburn, is a freshman from Atlanta, Georgia. He was ranked 47th in the ESPNU 150, No. 8 athlete by ESPN.com/Scouts and 39th wide receiver by Rivals.com
McNeil, listed as a safety by Auburn, is a junior from Mobile, Alabama.
Mosley, listed as a tight end by Auburn, is a freshman from Little Rock, Arkansas. He was ranked 14th tight end by ESPN.com/Scouts, No. 26 tight end by Scout.com and the 33rd ranked tight end nationally by Rivals.com.