UA police arrest, charge WR Wade, two more Hogs with burglary in dorms
FAYETTEVILLE - University of Arkansas police arrested Marquel Wade, Maudrecus Humphrey and tight end Andrew Peterson on Saturday after looking at security video showing the players allegedly walking into rooms where items had been taken.
The preliminary police report valued the stolen property, including computers and textbooks, at nearly $5,000.
Police charged Wade with one felony count of burglary. Humphrey, a junior, and Peterson, a redshirt freshman, are charged with nine felony counts of burglary. Records from the Washington County Jail indicate the players have a court hearing on Monday.
Arkansas coach John L. Smith indefinitely suspended all three players in his first test of discipline since being hired last month to replace Bobby Petrino.
"We have high standards for our student-athletes, and I expect them to conduct themselves appropriately," Smith said. "Poor conduct and misbehavior will not be tolerated and is not what we expect from the University of Arkansas football program."
An Arkansas student reported May 1 that her laptop had been stolen from her unlocked dorm room. Over the next seven days, police had 10 reports of stolen items, including cash and DVDs, from four different dorm buildings.
The police reviewed security video from the dorms and said they observed Wade, Humphrey and Peterson walking the hallways, checking doors and entering rooms. Police also said a witness saw Peterson and Humphrey opening doors, and police said another witness identified Peterson as having been in her room.
Some of the stolen items were recovered from a bookstore near campus, and in Peterson's room. The report said a store clerk identified the three as regularly selling used items.
Arkansas coaches expected Wade, a sophomore, to emerge as the Hogs' top receiver this fall. Wade finished with eight catches for 62 yards last season. He proved one of the bigger offensive threats during spring practices, catching five touchdowns during one scrimmage. Wade was one of Arkansas' top special teams' players last season, averaging 25.6 yards per kickoff return and returning one kick 85 yards for a TD.
Wade was suspended for the South Carolina game last season after being ejected for a late hit on a Vanderbilt punt returner. Wade later apologized for the hit, but only after he was ejected and escorted off the field upon becoming animated.
Police have arrested six Razorback players since March. In mid-March, offensive tackle Jason Peacock was arrested and charged with using a stolen debit card to buy $35 worth of gas. Wide receiver Kane Whitehurst was charged with possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia in early April, and linebacker Tyler Gilbert was arrested in mid-April for allegedly taking part in an apartment break-in.