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Vanderbilt football player involved in armed robbery of student

A Vanderbilt football player allegedly robbed another Vanderbilt student in his dorm room on campus Monday for $5,000. The football player, Andre Simmons, and another man were armed with a handgun. Fox 17 in Nashville reports:

A Vanderbilt student was held up in his dorm room yesterday and robbed of about $5,000.

The Davidson County affidavit states that two men armed with a handgun came to the room at Lupton Hall and knocked on the door. When the door was opened, the two men said they wanted the money from the safe.

A fight ensued and the victim was struck in the head with the gun. The suspect with the money ran, while the other suspect, Andre Leigh Simmons, 19, stayed behind to keep the victim in the room.

Once the second suspect left, the victim chased him to the Terrace Place Garage. During the chase, other persons joined in an attempt to help catch the second subject and police were called.

The police arrived and took the second suspect into custody. Simmons is being held in the Davidson County jail on $100,000 bond on especially aggravated robbery and burglary charges.

Vice Chancellor David Williams confirmed to Out Kick the Coverage that Simmons is a safety on the 5-5 Commodore football team:

“We’re not sure what happened, but the alleged victim has filed charges against (Andre). The alleged activities are unacceptable to us and if Andre was, in fact, involved obviously we have a lot of concern with that.”

Williams continued, “Andre is suspended from our program until the investigation is completed.”

Simmons is still enrolled as a Vanderbilt student.

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