EKU student changes from victim to suspect in armed robbery

jwarren@herald-leader.comApril 24, 2014 

A suspended Eastern Kentucky University football player who originally appeared to be a victim in an armed robbery last month at EKU is now charged with conspiracy in the case.

Lorenzo McWilliams, a freshman from Rosewell, Ga., was arrested Wednesday on a charge of conspiracy to commit robbery, EKU officials said.

EKU spokesman Marc Whitt said Thursday that the case remains open.

McWilliams is the third Eastern student to be charged in the robbery, which occurred March 30 at EKU's Clay Hall dormitory. All three suspects were members of Eastern's football team at the time, according to Whitt.

Police previously had arrested Zain Gilmore, 19, of Tampa, Fla., and David Emmanuel, 20, Dade City, Fla. They are charged with first-degree burglary and first-degree robbery.

McWilliams had presented himself to EKU police as a victim in the robbery, according to Whitt.

EKU officials have said that three students were in a room at Clay Hall about 11 p.m. March 30, when two masked men entered the room with guns and took various items.

McWilliams and Emmanuel have been suspended from the EKU football team, according to Whitt. Gilmore previously had left the team, he said.

Jim Warren (859) 231-3255

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