ATHENS, Ga. Former Charlotte basketball player Demario Mayfield and another man have been indicted on charges they conspired to commit armed robbery.
Mayfield, 22, and Ricardo James Crawford, 25, were arrested May 27. Police say the two were acting suspiciously and were found to have handguns, masks and gloves.
Arrest warrants say officers found a cellphone that was used to send a text message that indicated a theft had or was about to take place.
Police noticed the car at about 2:30 a.m. because it made a sharp turn into a neighborhood that police describe as vulnerable to burglaries because many college students who live there were away for the summer break. Officers ran the cars tag number and found that the registration was expired.
Police followed as the car turned off its headlights, drove down an alley and parked behind some apartments.
Officers approached the car and saw a clown mask by Mayfields feet and a gun wedged between his leg and the seat. A furry hat lay on the floor next to Crawfords feet. Officers also found two pairs of latex gloves, a drawstring bag, a marijuana bud, a second handgun and a bag holding a magazine loaded with 9 mm bullets.
The indictment filed Tuesday charges them with conspiracy to commit armed robbery, loitering or prowling, and possession of marijuana.
Mayfield is a former Georgia basketball player who transferred in 2010 to Charlotte. He was released after posting bond of $11,200.
Mayfield, Charlottes leading scorer last season before he was thrown off the team for breaking athletic department rules, had recently signed to play his final year of eligibility at Morehead State.
He was charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession in Charlotte in 2012, a charge that was later dropped. He graduated from UNC Charlotte last December.
Crawford started playing defensive tackle for Georgia in 2006, but saw limited playing time and graduated in 2009.
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