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Here’s the story from cops reporter Marcela Creps;
An Indiana University football player was arrested Thursday on preliminary charges related to a strong-arm robbery reported Wednesday night.
Courtney â€œCortezâ€ Alan Smith, 18, faces preliminary charges of robbery and burglary, both B-felonies. Lazell C. McClellon, 19, faces preliminary charges of robbery, burglary, false informing, battery on a police officer and resisting law enforcement.
Smith is a freshman cornerback for the IU Hoosiers.
Bloomington police were called just after 7 p.m. to the 500 block of Muller Parkway where two residents reported being robbed by two unknown assailants.
According to the police report, a friend had come to visit the two residents. Soon after he arrived, there was a knock at the door. Police said one of the residents answered the door and was immediately punched by a man standing at the door dressed all in black. The man then ordered everyone in the home to get on the ground.
A second male entered the home, also dressed in black. The first suspect went towards a back bedroom where one of the residents was exiting. The suspect punched the resident and ordered him back into the bedroom, police said.
The two men, later identified as Smith and McClellon, went through the residence. Taken items included wallets, cell phones, an Xbox and marijuana. During the crime, the two residents told police their visitor crawled to the front door and shut it. The roommates told police they thought it was odd since their visitor was 6-foot-7 and weighs over 300 pounds. Police interviewed the visitor who led authorities to Smith and McClellon.
The two suspects were found in an apartment in the same complex where the crime occurred. The resident allowed police to search the home. During the search, police found two wallets, IDs and other items belonging to the two victims. Police also found clothing worn by the suspects including a mask that covers the lower part of the face and a black hoodie.
When police attempted to arrest McClellon, he fought with officers as they attempted to cuff him. Police said he also gave many false names, later admitting he has four open drug cases in Detroit, Mich.
Both men were taken to the Monroe County Jail.
Smith was one of Indiana’s top recruits in the 2008 class. He redshirted this year and played cornerback on the scout team.
Indiana football spokesman Jeff Keag issued the following statement: “We are aware of the situation and take this matter very seriously.”
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