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
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.