Alabama offensive tackle Cam Robinson is facing a felony weapons charge after he and safety Laurence “Hootie” Jones were arrested early Tuesday morning in their hometown of Monroe, La.
Ouachita Parish jail records show Jones and Robinson, both juniors for the Tide, were arrested on marijuana and weapons charges at 2:33 a.m. Central time. Both have been released.
“We are aware of the situation involving Hootie Jones and Cam Robinson and are in the process of gathering facts to determine what internal action needs to be taken,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said in a statement.
The arresting officer wrote in his probable cause affidavit that as he approached Jones and Robinson in their vehicle at a Monroe park, he noticed a strong odor of marijuana, then saw a gun on Jones’ lap. After the two were removed from the car, the officer wrote that he “found a bag of marijuana in plain view on the front drivers floorboard and a stolen handgun under the seat.”
Robinson was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, carrying an illegal weapon and illegal possession of a stolen handgun; the first two counts are misdemeanors, the last a felony. A media release from the Monroe Police Department said the gun was reported stolen in Baldwin County, Ala., located on the east side of Mobile Bay on Alabama’s Gulf Coast. The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office said the gun was stolen out of a vehicle in April 2015 and that there were no suspects in case.
Jones was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and carrying an illegal weapon.
Robinson, who missed spring practice because of a shoulder injury, will be a third-year starter at left tackle and will be a strong contender for All-American honors this fall; in addition, he already is considered a likely first-round pick in the 2017 NFL draft. Jones is a backup safety.
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