Former NFL defensive back and kick returner Fulton Walker Jr. was recovering Friday from injuries after West Virginia sheriff’s deputies said he was beaten during home-invasion robbery earlier this week.
Walker was punched in the face, struck in the head and fell down in gravel several times while trying to escape an assault by two men who entered his Martinsburg home and stole a handgun, said Berkeley County Lt. Gary Harmison.
”He thought he might have a concussion. He said he felt the same as he did when he was playing football,” Harmison said. ”He just wasn’t wearing a helmet.”
Police said they arrested the two brothers shortly after the robbery.
Walker’s home phone was disconnected and he could not immediately be reached for comment.
Harmison said Walker told investigators he didn’t know the men. The suspects were armed with a sawed-off shotgun, he said.
Raheim Doleman, 26, and Roger Doleman, 27, were in the Eastern Regional Jail on Friday, charged with robbery, burglary, conspiracy to commit robbery and assault during the commission of a felony. It wasn’t immediately clear whether they had attorneys. Neither had a lawyer listed in court documents.
Both are set to appear before a judge Tuesday.
Raheim Doleman’s bail was set at $86,500, while Roger Doleman’s bail was set at $80,000.
Harmison said the robbery happened Tuesday afternoon, and the suspects fled in a black Jeep that deputies spotted soon after the break-in.
Two deputies ordered the suspects to the ground, and Harmison said a fight broke out when they refused. Deputies used a stun gun on both men to subdue them, but Harmison said neither suffered any serious injury.
The stolen weapon was found in the Jeep, he said.
Walker had problems with drugs in 2002, when he was sentenced to probation and home confinement for selling marijuana from his house. Harmison said drugs weren’t involved in the robbery.
Walker was a defensive back at West Virginia University from 1977 to 1980 and was drafted in the sixth round in 1981 by the Miami Dolphins.
He played for the Dolphins until 1984, and for the Los Angeles Raiders the following year.
He had a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the 1983 Super Bowl against the Washington Redskins, a record that stood until 1997.