Vandy suspends safety charged in dorm break-in

Vanderbilt has suspended safety Andre Simmons indefinitely after

the sophomore was charged with two felonies after allegedly trying

to rob a fellow student in his dorm room.

Simmons was being held on $100,000 bond after being charged with

aggravated robbery and especially aggravated burglary, a Class B

felony.

Zachary Abelman of Rockville, Md., says in an arrest affidavit

that he was in his room at Lupton Hall when two men came to his

door Tuesday wanting money from his safe. He says he gave them

approximately $5,000 before a fight started where he was hit in the

head with a handgun. One man fled, while Abelman says the other

stayed to keep him in the room before leaving.

Abelman chased down the second man to a nearby garage with other

people joining him, and someone called police. Campus police

arrested Simmons at the garage.

Simmons of Lorton, Va., had played in one game this season on

special teams for the Commodores (5-5, 2-5 Southeastern

Conference). Vanderbilt visits Tennessee on Saturday.

“While this is an on-going investigation, it is our

understanding that a member of our football team may have been

involved in behavior that is unacceptable,” said David Williams,

Vanderbilt’s vice chancellor of student athletics. ”Therefore, we

have suspended Andre Simmons until the completion and determination

of the investigation.