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UPDATE:

Three college football players from Concord University were arrested Saturday, Nov. 16 and charged in a home invasion.

Russell Bailey, Jr., Maricco also known as "Ricco," Sanders and Riyahd Richardson all are facing charges of malicious wounding, petty larceny and conspiracy.  They were arrested Saturday, but according to the criminal complaint the incident happened Tuesday, Nov. 12.

News of a violent night sent shockwaves throughout Concord's campus. According to a criminal complaint, the three athletes share the same story. The complaint states the three attended an off-campus apartment to purchase marijuana. But according to the alleged victim, the athletes went to his apartment just to hang out.

Just as the reason for the visit to the apartment has two different sides, so does what happened next to cause the fight. The three athletes state the male victim pulled out a gun, while the male victim claimed one of the athletes grabbed his gun in a threatening manner. At that point a fight broke out.  

The complaint states the three athletes began brutally beating the male victim as his fiance watched.

In her statement the fiance said, "I thought I was going to die."

The criminal complaint continues to provide details, which include that the male victim was left with bruising on his face, lips, cheeks and ribs.

The complaint said Bailey, Sanders and Richardson took off, allegedly stealing the gun and $300 in cash from the victim's home.

Deputies were able to recover the gun from the help of one of the athletes. The incident is still under investigation by the Mercer County Sheriff's Department. The three are facing charges of malicious wounding, petty larceny and conspiracy.


A trio of college football players from Concord University were arrested Saturday Nov. 16 and accused in a violent home invasion.

Russell Bailey, Jr., Maricco Sanders and Riyahd Richardson are facing charges of malicious wounding, petty larceny and conspiracy. According the criminal complaint, the three men went into an off-campus apartment to buy marijuana Tuesday, Nov. 12.  One of the people in the apartment apparently had a gun.  The report said there was a fight and that Bailey, Sanders, Richardson allegedly stole the gun and $300 that was on the counter.

Two people were taken to the hospital. One of them was treated for a split lip. Mercer County Sheriff's Deputies said the gun was not fired.

The incident is still under investigation. Bailey, Sanders and Richardson are no longer listed on Concord University's 2013 football roster.

The following statement was given by Concord University's Athletic Department

"On November 15, 2013, three Concord University Football Players were arrested stemming from an incident off campus earlier in the week. The three players in question were immediately suspended from the team on November 15, 2013, pending an investigation. The Concord University Athletic Department is fully cooperating with the investigating officers. Both the University and its Athletic Department fully expect our Athletes to be role models and leaders in the community and in no way condone the type of behavior for which these athletes have been charged and will take appropriate action. At this time, the Concord University Athletic Department will withhold further comment, as it is University policy not to comment on open investigations."