FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas football signee JoJo Robinson was arrested in South Florida this week for one count of armed robbery, but his father said Thursday the charge had been dropped.
Joseph Robinson, when contacted Thursday, classified his son’s arrest as a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time after being a passenger in a car stopped by police following an armed robbery. Robinson was released on his own recognizance without having to post bail Thursday morning. But court records in Florida indicate he still has a hearing on the charge set for May 22.
“It’s a lesson well learned,” Joseph Robinson said. “One that he needed to learn.”
According to the arrest report, the 18-year-old Robinson was the rear passenger in a vehicle with two others on Tuesday. The driver — who is identified in the report as Lakeith Stafford — stopped his vehicle while an unknown co-defendant got out and approached the victim and witnesses.
The unknown co-defendant pointed a firearm at them, demanded a gold bracelet, then forcibly removed it from the victim. He returned to the vehicle, which fled the scene. The vehicle was later identified with only Robinson and Stafford still inside, according to the report. The victim and witnesses identified both.
The arrest report said Robinson gave a written statement regarding his involvement in the incident, noting they were “just playing around.” He was arrested at 8:30 p.m. and transported to the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in Miami.
Stafford was arrested on three counts of armed robbery, according to jail records in South Florida. Robinson was arrested on one count of armed robbery.
Robinson’s father said his son was riding home with a friend after a workout.
“There’s a teammate of his that drives,” Robinson said. “He has a car. He normally drops JoJo home … From what we’ve got, JoJo got in the car, some incidents had already happened before JoJo even got in the car. The car was stopped and that’s how they were booked. The guy that was doing everything - when the cop stopped - he jumped out and he ran. JoJo stayed there. JoJo and the driver stayed there.”
Joseph Robinson said he had been in contact with Arkansas linebackers coach Randy Shannon, who recruited Robinson, about the incident. Shannon was not available for comment Thursday. Neither was Arkansas coach Bret Bielema.
Robinson, who attends Miami Northwestern High, is regarded as one of Arkansas’ prized signees after catching 70 passes for 760 yards and 4 touchdowns. He signed with Arkansas after originally making a verbal commitment to Florida State and the Razorbacks believe he can make an impact in the passing game in 2014.
Robinson and his son were still planning to travel to Arkansas today and will attend Saturday’s spring game in Razorback Stadium. Robinson said the trip was coming after his son was in store for “another rough night after I chew him out.”
“I wasn’t even going to come on the trip anymore,” Joseph Robinson said about the trip to attend Arkansas’ spring game. “But I decided, no, I’m going to come. I’m going to show him. You were going to throw away all this for that?”