Like I said…Criminals

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama freshman defensive lineman Jeremy Elder has been arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree robbery.

Elder was arrested Sunday and remained jailed Monday morning on $120,000 bond. 

No further information was immediately available on his arrest by university police, which was first reported by The Tuscaloosa News and The Birmingham News. Elder’s arrest was included on the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Department’s Web site.

A Crimson Tide football spokesman had no immediate comment.

Elder, a 6-foot-3, 271-pounder, was redshirted last season.

Under state law, first-degree robbery involves either a “deadly weapon or dangerous instrument” or someone causing “serious physical injury to another.” Both charges are Class A felonies.

Jeremy Elder

Further details were unavailable as TCSO declined a request from BamaOnLine.com to obtain the arrest report because its records office is closed for President’s Day. A message left for TCSO public information officer Andy Norris was not immediately returned.

Alabama head coach Nick Saban said Elder has been suspended for the time being.

“He is indefinitely suspended from all football-related activities,” Saban said. “I won’t have an announcement on his future status until I have had a chance to review all of the information. The University and football program have strict guidelines regarding legal issues of this magnitude.”

Elder was signed from College Park (Ga.) North Clayton High in February, 2007. Heat-related problems cost him a week of practice during fall camp and he was subsequently redshirted. Elder (6-3, 271 pounds) worked with the third team at defensive end for most of the season, but did not see action in a game.

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