Evans arrested for armed robberies

Published 1:34 am Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Staff Report

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Troy Evans career with the Marshall Thundering Herd football program may be over following his arrest on a string of armed robberies last weekend.

Evans, 21, was arrested on the Marshall campus by Huntington police who were waiting for his arrival at the athletic complex prior to practice.

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Evans is facing four counts of armed robbery and one count of wanton endangerment. He was booked in the Western Regional jail at 9 p.m. on Tuesday.

The senior wide receiver from Oakland, Calif., is a junior college transfer and was expected to play a key role in the Herd offensive plans this season. Marshall is scheduled to open its season Sunday afternoon at rival West Virginia.

Marshall announced Tuesday night that Evans had been suspended from the team. A football spokesman said the university would not have any further comment.

Evans is accused of a series of robberies that occurred between 2:30 and 2:40 a.m. on Sunday in the 1500 block of Sixth Avenue.

Three of the four robbery victims were Marshall students and all four were males. Three of the people robbed identified Evans as the assailant.

Evans caught 21 passes for 225 yards and three touchdowns. He was also the team’s leading kick returner including a100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

Evans joins Marshall safeties Donald Brown and Joe Johnson and linebacker Brian Robinson as players dismissed from the team for off-the-field problems.

Running back Tron Martinez was arrested on a midemeanor charge but remains on the team and is battling Travon Van for the starting job.