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Warhawk basketball player arrested in robbery

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Kevin Hoffman
September 30, 2010
— Police arrested two suspects and continue to search for a third in a robbery earlier this month in an apartment building elevator.

Charleston D. Smith, 22, and Dupree V. Fletcher, 24, face charges of robbery and battery after police said they struck a man in the head and took his money on Sept. 17 at Cambridge Apartments, 375 N. Harmony Lane.


No weapons were used and the victim suffered minor injuries, according to a news release from the Whitewater Police Department.


Police Chief Jim Coan said the department still is searching for 22-year-old Jimmy Lee Williams. A warrant is out for his arrest.


The same day as the elevator incident, two people reported an attempted strong-armed robbery in downtown Whitewater. Four men approached the people who reported the incident, and one of the victims was punched in the face.


The description of the attackers is similar to those arrested in the Cambridge Apartments burglary.


“Fortunately we don’t have a lot of street crime,” Coan said. “So when these things happen they are important cases for us.”


Fletcher is a student-athlete at UW-Whitewater, having started five games for the Warhawks’ basketball team last year. Smith and Williams transferred to the university to play basketball but were not yet on the team.


Athletic Director Paul Plinske said team tryouts aren’t until Oct. 17. He said he plans to wait to learn more information about the case before taking disciplinary action against the students.


Fletcher and Smith are being held at the Walworth County Jail pending charges from the district attorney’s office.



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