Florida State track athletes arrested after off-campus gun incident

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State track athletes Josh Mance and Stephen Newbold were involved in an off-campus shooting incident Wednesday night, according to Tallahassee police. Although a gun went off, no one was actually shot.

Mance, a 2012 Olympic medalist, was charged with resisting arrest and providing a fake ID. Newbold was charged with resisting arrest and discharging a firearm in public.

Both sprinters have been suspended from the men's track team.

"We are aware of the arrests and are working to gather all the facts," FSU athletics director Randy Spetman said in a news release. "The students have been suspended from the team effective immediately. Whether they can return as student-athletes will be determined through our discipline policy and any legal proceedings."

The investigation into the incident was handled by Tallahassee police because it occurred in a part of town away from campus. FSU police were made aware of the matter.

Mance transferred to FSU from Southern California this school year. Over the summer, he became an Olympic silver medalist when he participated on the United States' 4X400-meter relay team during the London Games. He is from Los Angeles. He turned 21 on Thursday.

Newbold, 20, is a promising young 200-meter runner from The Bahamas. The sophomore was one of the Seminoles' strongest sprinters during the indoor season that just concluded two weeks ago. He won the ACC Indoor Championships with a 20.90-second 200-meter time.

The Seminoles are hosting the FSU Relays this weekend. The two-day event begins Friday. Mance had been scheduled to race in the 800 meters and on an unaffiliated 4X400-meter relay that includes Japanese Olympian Yuzo Kanemaru.

Newbold was supposed to be part of a 4X100-meter relay team that was making its much-anticipated debut. Also on that relay team are Dentarius Locke, Orlando native Marvin Bracy and James Harris.

Florida State track athletes arrested after off-campus gun incident 03/21/13 [Last modified: Thursday, March 21, 2013 7:50pm]

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