Arnold's Eddie Williams Arrested in Tuscaloosa

By: News Staff Email
By: News Staff Email

Disappointing news out of Tuscaloosa, Arnold alum Eddie Williams was arrested twice Sunday and Monday.

The first arrest was for having an unlicensed handgun in the trunk of his car during a dispute at a Tuscaloosa gas station.

Less than 24 hours later, Williams and two other scholarship football players at the University of Alabama arrested and charged with second degree robbery while a 4th player was charged with fraudulent use of a credit card.

According to the arrest report obtained by News Channel 7, Williams and two other players, Dennis Pettway and Tyler Hanes, attacked a student about 12:30 Monday morning, beating him unconscious and stealing his backpack which contained an Apple Mac Book Pro. The trio accused of physically attacking the student with "punches to the head and face" causing cuts and a concussion.

The arrest report states both Hayes and Williams confessed to committing that crime.

About an hour later, police say Williams beat up a member of the University’s newspaper staff, knocking him unconscious and stealing his wallet, while Pettway and Hanes watched. Later that night, police say Williams used the victim’s debit card to buy snacks from the vending machine of the athletic dorm.

Williams, Pettway and Hanes are all charged with two counts of second degree robbery. Williams and another teammate, Brent Calloway, are also charged with fraudulent use of a credit card. Police say Calloway used the same stolen debit card to buy snacks from the vending machine.

Williams was released on 65,000 dollars bond.

Coach Saban's already suspended all four players, pending further action which could include terminating their scholarships.

“The University and football program have strict guidelines regarding issues of this magnitude,” said Saban in a statement the University emailed to News Channel 7. “This behavior is unacceptable for any student-athlete at the University of Alabama and not representative of our football program.”

NewsChannel 7’s Scott Rossman spoke with William's former coach at Arnold, James Hale.

"I talked to some family members of Eddie's this morning, they're heartbroken. I'm heartbroken. It's so hard to even comprehend that that could happen and it's just so much out of character for him. Coach Bennett from Pensacola High called me. One of his players was involved in it and we're both heartbroken, and for the families and everything. The great opportunity that the kids had to make a poor decision to make poor choices like that. I talked to him before the national championship game. He had been doing outstanding in his class work. He had like a 3.0 GPA, everything was going great and then to get a phone call this morning and to hear that, it's like somebody kicked you in the gut," said Hale.

Just last February, Williams was a standout recruit on signing day, now he appears to be another example of talent and opportunity wasted.


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