Three University of Akron football players have been suspended after being charged with felonies related to a near brawl outside a McDonald’s after a deputy and a student were injured.
Running back Bryan Green, safety Johnny Robinson and cornerback Donte Williams were arrested Monday by Summit County sheriff’s deputies.
Nine others are also charged.
Green, 19, of Southfield, Mich., is charged with aggravated riot. Robinson, 21, of Cleveland, is charged with aggravated menacing and aggravated riot. Williams, 21, of Akron, is accused of fleeing the scene and is charged with obstructing, resisting arrest and aggravated riot.
The aggravated riot charges are fourth-degree felonies.
According to UA officials, the three are suspended from all athletic activities until their cases are decided in the courts. They concurrently will face a university judicial process.
A message left for coach Terry Bowden was not immediately returned.
The incident stems from a large-scale dispute about 3 a.m. April 13 between two groups outside the McDonald’s restaurant at 246 E. Exchange St. near the UA campus.
Two deputies are assigned off-duty to provide security for the restaurant.
Sheriff’s Inspector Bill Holland said he could not discuss specific facts surrounding the incident.
“However, it was an extensive investigation which involved reviewing surveillance videos, collaborating with other agencies, and conducting numerous witness interviews,” he said.
Summit County sheriff’s detectives previously said a deputy, who was trying to break up the fight, and a student trying to enter the restaurant, were each struck by a fleeing SUV. The driver was later identified as Artemus D. Blanding, 23, of Bedford Heights.
Blanding is charged with one count of attempted murder, two counts of felonious assault and one count of aggravated vehicular assault.
According to the injured student, whose knee was dislocated by the fleeing SUV, the two rival groups were not actively fighting, but rather shouting at each other outside the McDonald’s.
The student also suffered a possible concussion and a bruised hip. The incident, he said, had spilled over from an earlier dispute at a downtown Akron nightclub.
“It was just a lot of talking. It was really more like an argument,” the student, 20, said in an interview Thursday. “I was just trying to get inside the McDonald’s when I was hit.”
Others charged include:
Myran Mounds, 20, of Copley Township, aggravated riot; Raeshawn Smith, 24, of Bedford Heights, aggravated riot, disorderly conduct and failure to disperse; Julian Bell, 25, of Oakwood Village, aggravated riot; Donald Lee Johnson, 21, of Bedford, aggravated riot, Robert Blanding, 20, of Bedford Heights, aggravated riot; Gregory Acree, 23, of Bedford Heights, aggravated riot; Baisha Farrier, 22, of Northfield Center, tampering with evidence and obstructing justice; Dina Rizzo, 22, of Walton Hills, failure to report a crime; Latasha Leek, 22, of Mayfield Heights, failure to report a crime.