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Ex-Gators, Jefferson High star Deiondre Porter faces charge

Former Florida cornerback and Jefferson High star Deiondre Porter was arrested late Monday at his home in Riverview on a warrant related to the armed robbery of a cell phone shop in Jacksonville this month.

According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, two black males with handguns approached a T-Mobile store just after employees were closing it on April 4.

The suspects told the store's employees to reenter the building and ordered them to open the safe. A third suspect also entered the shop, and the group stole an unknown number of cell phones before leaving through the back door.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office arrested Porter at 10:07 p.m. Monday because of a warrant from Jacksonville related to the robbery.

This is the second police incident involving Porter in the last six months. The 20-year-old was arrested in October after police said he fired a handgun near his then-pregnant girlfriend in Gainesville. The four felony charges and one misdemeanor charge remain pending, according to Alachua County court records.

Porter was indefinitely suspended after the October arrest and is no longer listed on UF's roster.

The 6-foot-1, 177-pound Porter was a redshirt freshman last season and played mostly on special teams before his arrest. He had two tackles in four games. But he starred at Jefferson as a quarterback; he led the state with almost 4,700 total yards, was the Tampa Bay Times' All-Suncoast Offensive Player of the Year and earned the Guy Toph trophy as Hillsborough County's top football player.

Contact Matt Baker at Follow @MBakerTBTimes.

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