Arkansas News Bureau
FAYETTEVILLE — Three Arkansas football players have been suspended indefinitely after being arrested and charged with residential burglary after stealing items from dorm rooms.
Wide receivers Marquel Wade and Maudrecus Humphrey and tight end Andrew Peterson are currently being held in the Washington County Detention Center after being arrested by the University of Arkansas Police Department on Saturday. Peterson and Humphrey have been charged with nine counts of residential burglary. Wade has been charged with one count of residential burglary.
Arkansas coach John L. Smith issued a statement regarding the arrests Saturday afternoon.
“We have high standards for our student-athletes and I expect them to conduct themselves appropriately,” Smith said in the statement. "Poor conduct and misbehavior will not be tolerated and is not what we expect from the University of Arkansas football program.”
UAPD responded to a call regarding a residential burglary from a dorm room on May 1. The female victim started she had a laptop stolen from her unlocked room, according to the report.
Over the next seven days, UAPD took a total of 10 reports from the Northwest Quad buildings. Items stolen from rooms included textbooks, laptops, cash and DVDs. The stolen items totaled $4,817.
UAPD reviewed video from the locations, according to the report. Three suspects identified as Peterson, Humphrey and Wade walked through hallways, checked doors and entered rooms.
A clerk in the Campus Bookstore later identified Peterson, Humphrey and Wade as having been in the store “multiple times” selling textbooks. Textbooks and other stolen property also were recovered from Peterson’s suite in the Northwest Quads.
It’s another disappointing note to Arkansas' spring. The trio now bumps Arkansas' offseason arrest total to six players.
Offensive lineman Jason Peacock was arrested on a felony theft charge in March. Wide receiver Kane Whitehurst was charged with possession of marijuana on April 1. Linebacker Tyler Gilbert was arrested and charged with felony aggravated residential burglary and theft of property in mid-April.
Wade enjoyed a big spring for the Razorbacks, settling into a starting spot with Jarius Wright, Joe Adams and Greg Childs preparing for the NFL Draft. He was Arkansas’ second-most productive receiver behind returning senior Cobi Hamilton.
Humphrey, a junior, has worked in a reserve role throughout his career. Peterson redshirted in 2011 but figured to contribute in 2012.