Damarlo Belcher arrested on armed robbery charge


This story was posted on our main website much earlier in the day by our police reporter Abby Tonsing. Former Indiana wide receiver Damarlo Belcher was arrested Friday morning on charge of armed robbery stemming from an incident Tuesday evening in Bloomington. The following is an excerpt from Tonsing’s story, which can be found in its entirety here.

Former Indiana University football player Damarlo Belcher was arrested Friday morning in connection with an armed robbery of a man of his marijuana at gunpoint during a drug deal.

Bloomington and Fort Wayne police arrested Belcher, 24, on a felony warrant charge of armed robbery at his grandfather’s house in Fort Wayne Friday morning, according to Bloomington police Lt. Bill Parker.

“He did admit to committing the robbery,” Parker said. Police seized 12 grams of marijuana and $795 in cash during the arrest. They did not recover the gun said to have been used in the Oct. 30 armed robbery on the 1000 block of North Walnut Street.

Bloomington police spoke with a 21-year-old man Tuesday evening, who reported that on Oct. 30 he planned on selling marijuana to a man. He got in the man’s car in an apartment parking lot to carry out the transaction, and handed over the marijuana.

The drug deal was for a quarter-pound of marijuana for $1,000 in cash; it was not $30 worth of marijuana, as police initially reported.

The man told police the suspect held the cash in his hand. But instead of handing over the cash, he reached behind the seat, pulled out a gun, pointed the gun and told the man to get out of his car, Parker said.

Belcher was named as a suspect in the Oct. 30 robbery on North Walnut Street, as police investigated the shooting death of a 25-year-old a few days later on Nov. 3. Joshua David Huber, of Cloverdale, died from a single gunshot to the right side of his chest at 2600 E. Dekist St.

People in the house told police that five black men, wearing bandannas over their faces and hooded clothing, entered the home and demanded drugs and money.

An investigation continues to see if Belcher is connected to the Dekist Street homicide and robbery.

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  • Macca #1


    Friday, November 9, 2012 - 6:47 PM EST

    Very sad to see a young man on a downward spiral after forfeiting his privilege to stay in a supportive, structured environment that may have helped him avoid a situation like this.

    On a related note…what kind of moron reports being robbed while trying to conduct a drug deal…? Apparently the concept of self-incrimination didn’t resonate loud enough. Just another case of social darwinism at work.

  • davis #2


    Friday, November 9, 2012 - 7:12 PM EST

    Macca- The pot dealer gets his rival (or maybe even his deadly enemy) off the street by becoming state’s evidence-the dealer gets maybe probation or misdemeanor time in exchange for his testimony while the guy with the gun gets the felony hard time.

    Members of certain classes of society often evaluate quite differently the plusses and minusses of a particular outcome of a particular encounter with the criminal justice system than do the members of certain other classes of society.

    One might even imagine that things reported in the newspaper could be inaccurate, or that there might be some history between the cooperating witness and the state, a relationship with details unbeknownst to reporter and reader.

  • OldIUGymnast #3


    Friday, November 9, 2012 - 7:51 PM EST

    This is really sad. My mom knows the kid – says he is nice and that he has a big heart, just a little behind on some cognitive stuff. Could have been in the NFL and now he is going to prison and will end up a hardened criminal – and all over $1,000 worth of stuff. I mean really – over an ounce of weed and 15 minutes worth of starting NFL salary? Sad.

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