Report on Knights players details crime spree

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Wed. August 4, 2010 | Joey Knight | Email

A report from the Tampa Police Department indicates Robinson standout receiver Byron Pringle and defensive lineman Jovan Woods participated in a south Tampa crime spree last month before being arrested.

The players, both 16, have been arrested on several felony charges including robbery, aggravated battery with a weapon, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, burglary of an unoccupied conveyance and grand theft. They were arrested in mid-July and remained in juvenile detention until being transported Monday to the Orient Road Jail.

According to a Tampa Police Department report, Pringle and a handful of co-defendants including Woods are accused of committing several auto burglaries on Davis Island and in south Tampa on July 5, targeting unlocked vehicles and taking stereos, GPS devices and credit cards.

The report also states Pringle and his co-defendants committed an armed robbery on a male victim on Davis Island, beating him with their hands, fist, feet and a chair. 

"I'm just distraught," Knights coach Mike DePue said Tuesday. "Before I make any comments I want to get all the facts."

As a sophomore, Pringle tallied 21 receptions for 591 yards and three touchdowns, while getting an interception on defense. DePue said he was receiving interest from Division I programs. Woods was listed on the Knights' varsity roster this past spring.

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