COLLEGE STATION - Former Texas A&M football players Darian Claiborne and Isaiah Golden faced a magistrate judge Wednesday morning on aggravated robbery charges.
College Station Police say Claiborne and Golden set up a deal to sell marijuana May 23. When they arrived at the Lakeridge Townhomes on Jones Butler Road around 11:00 p.m., one of the players produced a handgun and both held up the three buyers. One of the victims was also hit in the head with the gun.
Claiborne was arrested around 3:45 p.m. Tuesday after a traffic stop at South College and Waverly in Bryan.
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Golden was arrested on the A&M campus around 4:30 p.m.
Claiborne and Golden are charged with three counts of aggravated robbery. During their arraignment, they were formally read the charges Judge Tommy Munoz.
Tuesday, Judge Vera Lara-Hooge signed the arrest warrant and set their bond at $120,000 each. Golden posted bond June 5. Claiborne bonded out June 13.
Both players have been dismissed from the team. The dismissals were announced by A&M Head Football Coach Kevin Sumlin prior to the CSPD announcement of their arrests.
“These two individuals have failed to meet the high expectations and standards that we have for our football players and as representatives of this university,” Sumlin said in a statement. “These two players have exhibited a pattern of behavior that we will not tolerate at Texas A&M."
Claiborne, a linebacker, played in all 12 games of the regular season and was 3rd on the team with 89 total tackles. Golden, a defensive lineman played in 12 games last year, recording 32 tackles. Both were expected to play key roles on defensive this fall.
According to the Probable Cause Statement, Mostafa El-Guindy says a friend gave him Claiborne’s cell phone number. He texted Claiborne and told him they wanted to buy marijuana. El-Guindy says Claiborne and Golden tried to get him and one of his roommates, Chase Halpin, to come to the Zone Apartments on Holleman Drive. But Halpin had been told that some football players had been ripping off people at the Zone Apartments and that one of them was named either Elijah or Isaiah. So, they asked Claiborne and Golden to meet them at Lakeridge Townhomes.
Halpin says Claiborne and Golden brought over a small sample of marijuana to see if they liked it. Claiborne asked to see the money first. When Halpin took out the $1,500, he says Golden stuck a gun in his face and said “Don’t move.” But their other roommate, Joseph Dwyer, stood up and Halpin says Golden hit Dwyer in the face with the gun, knocking him down to the couch.
Halpin says Golden then grabbed the cash and El-Guindy’s cell phone. Claiborne and Golden then ran towards the Zone Apartments, where Halpin and El-Guindy went to call 911 to report the robbery.
Police sent another officer to check on Dwyer’s injury. When the officer knocked on the door, he saw Dwyer lying on the couch, trying to hide drugs and paraphernalia. But he didn’t put it all away before opening the door.
Police found prescription pills, hashish and marijuana inside the apartment. Halprin, El-Guindy and Dwyer were arrested and charged with three counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Halpin and Dwyer identified Claiborne and Golden in a photo line-up.
Police obtained El-Guindy’s phone records which showed two calls to and from Claiborne’s number.
Police do not believe the former football players were involved in a string of robberies we told you about last week. But this is not Claiborne and Golden's first run-in with the law. In late February, Golden and Claiborne were arrested at the Reveille Ranch apartment complex on Wellborn Road after they illegally parked in a handicap spot. Golden was charged with possession of marijuana. Claiborne was arrested for a noise violation because he was allegedly yelling while police were questioning people.
Claiborne was also arrested December 22 on drug charges.
The investigation into this latest incident continues and police say additional charges and arrests are possible. Anyone with information is asked to contact the College Station Police Department at 979-764-3600 or Brazos County Crime Stoppers at 979-775-TIPS.