Five Cal Poly San Luis Obispo players who were arrested in connection with an August 10 alleged robbery at the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity house were formally charged Friday with 23 felonies.
Even though police have said that Akins was the only suspect to brandish a handgun and demand money or drugs from residents at the frat house, all five defendants have been charged with multiple felony counts of conspiracy to commit residential robbery, attempted residential robbery, attempted burglary, and false imprisonment, as well as several enhancements for using a firearm during a crime.
Akins was also charged with three additional charges of resisting arrest, a felony.
Police were alerted to the alleged robbery around 2:30 a.m. on August 10. When police arrived, according to the police report, Akins was confronting a member of the fraternity with a gun outside the house. As police asked him to drop the weapon, he fled and another fraternity member knocked the gun from Akins' hand and the two tumbled down a stairway.
Akins also tried to resist arrest, allegedly biting an officer. Fort was arrested in a car attempting to leave the fraternity house and the three others were arrested later.
The maximum sentence for residential robbery is 4.5 years while the sentence for using a firearm can be up to 10 years.
After the robbery happened, the school said cost would not be a factor in moving forward with expanded drug testing among athletes. According to the Tribune, Cal Poly had spent $2,000 testing 41 athletes, mostly football players, over the last year. Cal Poly has 540 athletes.
According to San Luis Obispo Police Chief Steve Gesell shortly after the robbery, at least one witness mentioned a possible relation to Xanax.
Akins was projected to start at wide receiver in 2014. Ivory was the team's leading rusher in 2013 and the team MVP. Fort and Love are cornerbacks while Brito was likely to be a backup running back, according to the Tribune. Cal Poly is a member of the Big Sky Conference in the FCS division.
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