Three University of Tennessee football players are charged with an attempted armed robbery that occured at a Pilot on the Cumberland Avenue strip early Thursday morning.
According to Knoxville Police Department Spokesman Darrell DeBusk, Nu'Keese Richardson, Janzen Jackson, and Mike Edwards were being held at the Knox County Detention Center.
According to victim statements to police, three men were sitting in their car outside the Pilot at 2218 Cumberland Avenue. They say a male in a hoodie approached the passenger door showed a black semi-automatic handgun and asked for money. A second male then approached the driver's side door and asked for money. Then a third male told the other two they needed to leave.
The victims, identified as Corey Zickefoose, Benjamin Everett and Corey Smith, called 911. Police were then dispatched and a search started for the suspects including a reported female driver.
Police then found a vehicle matching the description near Gibbs Hall on the UT campus. The four suspects were then detained.
A search of the car revealed marijuana paraphenalia, two black hoodies, and a CO2 black powder gun.
Police said the female driver, Marie Montmarquet, later stated the paraphenalia belonged to her. She was charged with posession, in addition to attempted armed robbery.
The suspects were taken to the Pilot for identification where the victims identified Edwards and Richardson as the ones who asked for all the money.
The three football players are all Lane Kiffin recruits.
"At this time we are currently evaluating the circumstances surrounding an incident involving Mike Edwards, Janzen Jackson and Nu'Keese Richardson," said UT Athletic Director Mike Hamilton. "Any decisions or comments regarding their status will not be made until the evaluations are complete."