Florida State cornerback helps police catch two burglary suspects

Christopher Wilson

Seminoles defensive back Nick Waisome is used to running down opposing receivers, but this month he helped the Tallahassee Police Department track down and arrest two burglary suspects.

Waisome entered his apartment on July 5 and found two men robbing it. When the men fled, Waisome gave pursuit. He knocked 23-year-old Mario Crawford to the ground and doubled back to pursue 34-year-old Tavares Rumph, who he stopped from getting into a friend’s car. Waisome called the police, who arrested Rumph but couldn’t find Crawford, who had escaped.

"I figured they didn't have a gun because if they did they would've shot me," Waisome told WCTV’s Andy Alcock. “When they started running, I decided I wanted to get one person at least.”

Three weeks later, Waisome saw an Impala that had been outside his apartment during the robbery at a gas station. He then saw Crawford, who was wearing a pair of Waisome's camo shorts that had been stolen during the robbery. Using the license plates from that car, police were able to track down Crawford through his girlfriend, finding thousands of dollars in stolen goods from multiple burglaries.

Police have not recovered the items stolen from Waisome’s apartment, including a pair of rifles and a bow and arrows owned by his roommate. Crawford is currently being held on multiple felony charges, while Rumph is free on bond.

Waisome, who will be a junior this year, had 19 tackles, seven passes broken up and a pick last season for the Noles.

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