Police: WMU football players stole money, pot

Bryson White Ron George
Mug shots of Bryson White (left) and Ron George (right)


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — The two former Western Michigan University football players charged in an armed robbery stole not only cash but marijuana, according to a probable cause hearing obtained Tuesday.

A Kalamazoo police officer testified that the victim answered a knock on the door of her off-campus apartment Friday evening.

She told police she was at the apartment with her boyfriend.

She said she was expecting a woman she’d never met, who she’d been texting and who was coming over to smoke marijuana with her.

Instead, there were two men wearing bandanas, one, later identified as Ronald George, with a handgun, the other, later identified as Bryson White, with a knife.

They forced their way inside, then robbed her of money, a stereo speaker and a Ziploc baggie of marijuana, the officer testified.

George put the gun to her forehead, demanding she take off her shirt, but White told him they should leave, the officer testified.

They fled, but the victim called 911 with a description of the car and the suspects.

Police said they stopped the car a short time later and found the baggie of marijuana, a bandana and a knife. The victim later identified the suspects, the officer testified.

Both suspects were 18-year-old freshmen on the WMU Broncos football team.

White already was in trouble in his hometown in Mason, Ohio, where he was arrested in March on charges of driving under the influence of marijuana and driving on a suspended license. His passenger was charged with carrying a concealed handgun after police found the weapon in a backpack. Police said they also found a mask and a glove in the car.

The case against White is pending in Ohio.

WMU officials said they were unaware of White’s past trouble until Target 8 brought it to their attention.

White and George have been released from the Kalamazoo County Jail after posting $100,000 bond.

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